The U.S. economic recovery is driven mostly by the government's stimulus, putting continued growth in doubt, economists said. Weekly unemployment claims topped expectations, manufacturing is slowing down, consumer-loan delinquencies are at a historic high and car sales fell off after "Cash for Clunkers" ended. "It is a warning not to take the near-term strength of the economic recovery for granted," said Paul Dales, U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

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