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business english reading comprehension tests

TOPIC: Consumers using their credit cards again

STEP 1 - Read the following article: READING COMPREHENSION ARTICLE 10

STEP 2 - Answer these questions (choose the best answer):

1. According to the article, the growth in consumer credit in March was ______________ economists had predicted.
  about the same as
  slightly lower than
  twice as much as

2. By using the word "anemic", the article wants to say that the current job growth numbers are ______________.

3. According to the article, does the increase in consumer credit mean that the economy is improving?
  Not necessarily
  No, just the opposite

4. How long had it been since the consumer credit numbers increased so much in one month?
  A year
  Over 10 years
  About three years

5. According to the article, what played an important part in the economic growth at the beginning of this year (2012)?
  A record-breaking drop in unemployment
  A decrease in tax rates
  New car production and sales

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