06/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Good Bad' Economy Inspires Consumers As Slump Eases

May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Brooke and Doug Sterenberg booked a seven-day, $2,800 cruise to the Bahamas on Carnival Corp.'s ship the Conquest, with its three-deck-high Twister water slide. It's the family's reward for Doug keeping his job.

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