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Fri Mar 1, 2013, 09:04 AM

Consumer spending up, income posts largest drop in 20 years

Source: Reuters

U.S. consumer spending rose in January as Americans spent more on services, with savings providing a cushion after income recorded its biggest drop in 20 years.

The Commerce Department said on Friday consumer spending increased 0.2 percent in January after a revised 0.1 percent rise the prior month. Spending had previously been estimated to have increased 0.2 percent in December.

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Income tumbled 3.6 percent, the largest drop since January 1993. Part of the decline was payback for a 2.6 percent surge in December as businesses, anxious about higher taxes, rushed to pay dividends and bonuses before the new year.

A portion of the drop in January also reflected the tax hikes. The income at the disposal of households after inflation and taxes plunged a 4.0 percent in January after advancing 2.7 percent in December.




Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/01/us-consumer-spending-idUSBRE9200K520130301

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Redfairen Mar 2013 OP
question everything Mar 2013 #1
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Fri Mar 1, 2013, 09:30 AM

1. Interesting that spending is up after the dire warning resulting of paroll tax

rollback. Since our economy is service based, consumption, unfortunately, is an important for a growing economy.

Sigh.

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Fri Mar 1, 2013, 05:36 PM

2. Considering the fact that inflation is up,

even though our federal government chooses to pretend otherwise, I'm surprised spending isn't higher.

A 20 year low in income decrease. That austerity can make everything good bad again.

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