US consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in September

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending in September at twice the rate their income rose, a sign of confidence in the economy.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending increased 0.8 percent in September, the best showing since February.  Personal income rose 0.4 percent, an improvement from a slight 0.1 percent gain in August and the best gain since March.

A pickup in consumer spending helped lift economic growth in the July-September quarter to a still-modest 2 percent annual rate. The economy had grown at a 1.3 percent rate in the April-June period.

The slight acceleration in growth was seen as encouraging, but economists are still worried that the economy is stuck in a slow-growth rut.

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