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US consumer spending
up modest 0.3 percent

Associated Press, by Martin Crutsinger

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Posted By:Ribicon, 3/29/2014 9:41:02 AM

Washington — Americans barely increased their spending in February following a weak January performance, strong evidence that the severe winter will hold back the economy in the first quarter. Consumer spending rose 0.3 percent in February following an even weaker 0.2 percent rise in January, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The January performance was cut in half from an initial estimate of 0.4 percent. For February, spending on autos and other durable goods actually fell and much of the small gain reflected higher utility payments to pay heating costs. Analysts said consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, has

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The socialists´ Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer etc of Recovery crackles onward, recovering us back their beloved Depression days ("please save us, big government!"). Commerce Department experts add that there´s very little inflation, meaning they´re looking only at the luxury goods they buy, not the groceries, all forms of insurance, all forms of utilities, food, gasoline, etc that the rest of us don ´t get for free.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mc squared, 3/29/2014 9:55:55 AM     (No. 9789433)

Agree with OP. Food, fuel, everything, is going out of sight.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/29/2014 10:15:51 AM     (No. 9789461)

Obama´s original GDP forecast for 2013 was + 4.0%, then revised down to + 3.5%. Actual GDP growth of just + 1.9% must have been due to last summer´s heavy snowfall that kept consumers from buying swimsuits.

With 1stQ 2014 looking very weak, how will the economy reach the 3.1% growth forecast shown above? After paying for higher food, energy and health care costs, consumers won´t have enough left to spur the economy.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/29/2014 10:28:18 AM     (No. 9789483)

Damn those Americans and their frugality!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 3/29/2014 1:44:11 PM     (No. 9789703)

Not increased buying, it´s increased prices.

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