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U.S. consumer spending up weak 0.1 percent in July

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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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