WASHINGTON — There are some signals the U.S. economy is improving, although consumer spending overall remains “lackluster” and business conditions overall remain “sluggish,” the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday in an overview of economic activity during May and late April.

The snapshot of economic activity came in the Fed’s Beige Book, based on surveys of businesses in the bank’s 12 districts. Far from a declaration of recovery, the Fed highlighted non-retail business optimism in the bank’s districts based in New York, Dallas, Kansas City and Minneapolis.

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