Monday, April 30, 2012
Consumer spending increased just 0.3%, after a 0.9% gain in February, according to the Commerce Department.
Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic growth, rose 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter — the fastest pace in more than a year. The increase was a bright spot in an otherwise weak first quarter for economic growth.
But Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, noted that stronger spending in January and February drove the quarterly increase. And consumers spent more while saving less, which suggests they cannot sustain their spending pace without better pay.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.