WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy may be poised to break out of the sluggish pattern of growth that has persisted during most of the recovery, according to Federal Reserve Board Governor Susan Phillips.

In an hour-long exclusive interview in her office on Tuesday, Phillips also said the Fed is seeing calls by bankers and others to let additional inflation grease the wheels of the economy. But she insisted that the best course is for the central bank to continue promoting price stability, which Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said recently has largely been achieved.

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