PROLONGING THE GOOD TIMES: ECONOMISTS A BIT CAUTIOUS FOR '99

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Like an athlete at the top of his game, the American economy continues to astound consumers and industry analysts with its breathtaking strength and resilience.Low inflation and interest rates coupled with a bounding stock market and increasing job security have, to the delight of retailers, caused consumer confidence and spending to skyrocket."Economists continue to be amazed

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Like an athlete at the top of his game, the American economy continues to astound consumers and industry analysts with its breathtaking strength and resilience.

Low inflation and interest rates coupled with a bounding stock market and increasing job security have, to the delight of retailers, caused consumer confidence and spending to skyrocket.

"Economists continue to be amazed with this economy and people's perception of it," said Stephan Thurman, deputy

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