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US Consumer Spending Fell 0.5 Percent in December

U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the biggest decline in nine years, as the holiday shopping season ended in disappointment. Meanwhile, incomes rose sharply in December but edged down in January. The fall in consumer spending followed sizable gains of 0.7 percent in October and 0.6 percent in November, the Commerce Department reported Friday. December's result means that spending for the quarter decelerated significantly, a primary factor in the slowing of...

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