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US Consumer Spending Surged 1 Percent in September

Consumer spending grew by its largest amount in eight months during September. Consumer spending grew by its largest amount in eight months during September. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer
October 30, 2017 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumers boosted their spending by 1 percent in September, the biggest monthly gain in eight years. The surge was led by strong sales of autos and other durable goods.

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The Commerce Department says the sizable jump in consumer spending was up from a tiny 0.1 percent gain in August and was the best showing since an increase of 1.3 percent in August 2009. Income growth was also solid in September, rising by 0.4 percent as wages and salaries climbed.

A key inflation gauge closely followed by the Federal Reserve showed consumer prices rose 1.6 percent in September compared to a year ago, up from readings of just 1.4 percent the past three months. The Fed is not expected to raise interest rates this week but could move in December.


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MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

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