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The Week in Charts: Frosty winter bites housing, manufacturing

Friday, February 21, 2014.

A string of weak data reports this week signalled that winter’s frosty weather is taking a bite out of the economy, as gauges of manufacturing and housing recently dropped. Consumers, too, are feeling the burn, as heating costs spiked in January. Also in this Week in Charts, check out findings on how a higher minimum wage would affect families’ earnings, and data showing that student debt is racing higher.