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THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS

Here are the major business and economic events scheduled for this week:

Today -- The National Association of Realtors will report on existing home sales for March.

Tuesday -- The Conference Board will release its monthly Consumer Confidence Index, and the Commerce Department will release its report on new home sales for March.

Wednesday -- The Commerce Department will issue its report on durable goods orders for March.

Thursday -- The Commerce Department will report on gross domestic product, first quarter; the Labor Department will release data on weekly jobless claims; and Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, will report on mortgage rates.

Friday -- The Commerce Department will release its reports on personal income and outlays for March, and the Labor Department will issue its employment cost index for the first quarter.