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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 90.9

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 90.9 this month, the highest since October 2007. The index rose from a revised 86.4 in June. “Obviously the 2.5 million jobs the economy racked up in the last year is making...

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 30,233

That’s how many broadcast television ads ran in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race through July 21, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker...

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 5.04 Million

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose 2.6 percent to a 5.04 million annual rate in June. That’s the highest level in eight months, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. “Historically low interest rates and smaller price...

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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Shoppers in New York City.

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Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.7

A weekly buying-climate gauge rose to 34.7 on a zero-to-100 scale in the week ended July 13. That’s the best reading for the buying-climate sub-index since late April, and the second-strongest since November 2007, according to Langer Research Associates. It...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 26%

Federal spending is projected to rise to 26 percent of gross domestic product in 2039 from 21 percent in 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Increased spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health programs and subsidies for medical...

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