File - A job seeker stops at a table offering resume critiques during a job fair held in Atlanta. The Labor Department reports on the weekly jobless claims on Thursday, April 17, 2014, May 30, 2013.(AP Photo/John Amis)
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More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as the Easter holiday period made it more difficult to adjust the data for seasonal variations.Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years increased 2.6 percent, the biggest gain since November, after rising 2.1 percent the prior month.The four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, climbed to 316,750 from 312,000 the week before, the lowest since 2007 .Initial jobless claims reflect weekly firings and typically fall before job growth accelerates.La-Z-Boy sales growth slowed in the three months ended Jan. 25, rising 3 percent to $350.4 million, compared with a 14 percent gain in the previous quarter.U.S. growth is projected to reach 2.7 percent this year compared with 1.9 percent in 2013, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.
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