WASHINGTON — War with Iraq and inclement weather in the U.S. converged to create lackluster economic activity in March and early April as overall consumer spending remained "subdued," the Federal Reserve Board said Wednesday.

Although Richmond, Va., reported continued modest growth, reports from Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas and San Francisco said economic conditions were still "mixed or soft," according to the Board’s Beige Book report, a survey of business executives in 12 designated districts.

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