Money and Monetary Policy
Latest Fed survey sees improved economy

The economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending, a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday indicates. All 12 of the Fed's regions reported growth, with five — New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco — characterizing growth as "moderate" while the others reported "modest" growth. Boston and Richmond, Va., reported that growth came in at a slightly slower pace than the previous reporting period. The Fed's survey, known as the "beige book," will be used by central bank officials when they next meet July 29-30 to review interest rate policies. ...