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The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth held at its slowest in almost two years in April. Additionally, construction spending fell in March.
Consumer sentiment in April was at its second highest level since 2007, according to a report released on Friday.
Robust demand for trucks, crossover and SUV's kept the industry on track for its best year in almost a decade.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled, suggesting March's moderation in job growth was an aberration.
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