OUTLOOK: The Upturn: How Soon? How Strong?

A chorus of confidence is swelling across the U.S. After months of gloom and fear instilled by the worst slump since the 1930s, the nation's leading economists and the chiefs of its major corporations are now almost unanimously saying that the recession is ending and that an upturn is on the way. Both the timing and the strength of the recovery are in sharp dispute. A sprinkling of optimists asserts that it has begun already and will gain speed rapidly. A few pessimists expect the economy to bump along close to its recession...

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