U.S. consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in July
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers barely increased their spending in July after their income grew more slowly, held back by steep government spending cuts that reduced federal workers' salaries.
The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose just 0.1 percent in July from the previous month. That's slower than June's 0.6 percent increase.
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