Beyond jobs, car sales to give insight on consumer health

April 1, 2017 By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) – Forget the jobs report. The most interesting bit of U.S. economic data next week is Monday’s auto sales release, which will offer a measure of the middle-class consumer and a sector of the stock market that has had a rough ride so far in 2017. Economists are looking for another solid month of sales north of 17 million new vehicles at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate for March but nothing like the 18.4 million hit in December, the highest since…

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