**FILE** Shoppers browse Nov. 26 at an electronics store in Albuquerque, N.M. The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas. The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. The Commerce Department reported Friday that growth rose to an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December quarter. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Shoppers browse Nov. 26 at an electronics store in Albuquerque, N.M. The economy gained strength at the end of last year as Americans spent at the fastest pace in four years and U.S. companies sold more overseas. The growth is boosting hopes for a stronger 2011. The Commerce Department reported Friday that growth rose to an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December quarter. (Associated Press)