Wednesday, May 31, 2017

US consumer spending, incomes grew solidly in April

In this Monday, May 15, 2017, photo, shoppers pay for their purchases at a Marshalls & Home Goods retail store, part of the TJX Companies brand, in Phoenix. Americans increased their spending in April at the fastest pace in four months, bolstered by Americans increased their spending in April at the fastest pace in four months, bolstered by a solid gain in incomes. The strong results underscored expectations that the economy is poised to rebound after a lackluster start to the year.

Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in April after a 0.3 percent rise in March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the best showing since December. Incomes also rose 0.4 percent, double the 0.2 percent March increase.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, grew at the slowest pace in seven years in the first quarter. That was a key reason the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded by just 1.2 percent at the start of the year.. . . more

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