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Consumer spending and personal incomes remain weak

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By Martin Crutsinger

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of consumer spending stalled in June and personal incomes failed to increase, further evidence that the economy slowed significantly in the spring.

The Commerce Department reports that personal spending was unchanged in June, the third straight month of lackluster consumer demand. Incomes were flat as well, the weakest showing in nine months.

The lack of growth for spending and incomes shows the economy ended the second quarter on a weak note. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in the second half of the year as high unemployment, shaky consumer confidence and renewed troubles in housing weigh on the year-old economic recovery.


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