Fed says US economy has slowed, takes no new steps
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to take further steps to boost growth if hiring remains weak.
The Fed took no new action after a two-day policy meeting. But it acknowledged in a statement released after the meeting that economic activity had slowed over the first half of the year, with job creation remaining sluggish and consumer spending tapering off.
The Fed reiterated its plan to hold short-term interest rates, now near zero, at very low levels until at least late 2014.
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