WASHINGTON -- A government report issued yesterday showing solid gains in personal income and spending in August boosted analysts' confidence that the economy is getting stronger after a weak performance during the first half of the year.

"I see some lift in the economy, and I think we're going to see a better growth rate persist through the second half of the year," said Robert Brusca, chief economist for Nikko Securities Co. International. "I think it's going to be a bit of a problem for the bond market, but it's a rebound from a period of very weak growth."

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