Friday, December 21, 2007

Consumer Spending Surges in November

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers put aside worries about slumping home sales and soaring gasoline prices and headed to the malls in November, pushing spending up by the largest amount in 3 1/2 years.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer spending shot up 1.1% last month, nearly triple the October gain. It was the biggest one-month jump since a 1.2% rise in May 2004 and was significantly higher than the 0.7% gain analysts had expected.

Bottom Line: Consumer spending increased for the 14th consecutive month (see chart above, shaded area on right), for the first time since 1999 (shaded area on left), providing further evidence that the economy is strong and stable, and not in any imminent danger of falling into a recession.


At 12/21/2007 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

consumer spending shot up 1.1% last month

so that is like instead of spending $1,000.00 I spend $11.00 more.

An increase of $11.00 per $1,000.00 spent!!! Wow!!!

Well, it is Christmas. What the heck lets go wild!


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