WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is continuing to improve slowly in many regions with the help of a rebounding industrial sector, but a full-scale recovery fueled by consumer spending is not yet under way, the Federal Reserve Board reported yesterday.

"The economic recovery continues to be uneven across the country," according to the Fed's so-called beige book report. The report is based on a survey of business and other contacts in the 12 Federal Reserve Bank Districts and is expected to serve as a basis for monetary policy talks among members of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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