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Higher gas costs push consumer spending up

herald-dispatch -- WASHINGTON -- Americans boosted their spending in August even though their income barely grew. Much of the spending increase went to pay higher gas prices, which may have forced consumers to cut back elsewhere.

The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August from July. It was the biggest jump since February.

Gas prices rose nearly 50 cents per gallon in July and August, but have since leveled off. Excluding the impact of higher gas prices and other price gains, spending ticked up only 0.1 percent last month.

Income grew only 0.1 percent, too. But after accounting for inflation and deducting taxes, income actually fell 0.3 percent -- the poorest performance since November.

The increase in prices and slower growth in pay forced people to


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honda0105
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crm: indeed, indeed.
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Politics as usual
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Pig Oil's greed at its best.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 9:56:00 AM

The news that spending was up caused the Big Oil Monopoly to raise gasoline preices! AND THEN the accountants announced all the increase went into paying for higher petroleum prices. All the penny prices drops we say after the Labor Day gouge got reversed TODAY!The economy is in a tailspin. Bad news that people are spending too much on gasoline was taken as good news an excuse to raise prices by the Big Oil Monopoly : and the poor get poorer.Consumer spending will go up again but employment and pay DID NOT.Things will go from bad to where all Hell breaks loose like 2008.False propeganda or rumor is used as anexcuse to rape the economy one more time!
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johton
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 9:55:22 AM

that's a no brainer.
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jim27106
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2012 12:17:31 AM

We have to spend more on gas, but the child support people expect us to continue to pay the same amount for our kids.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:41:01 PM

BUMMER!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:23:59 PM

What exactly does a "truly competitive car market" look line, @driveonby1?

Is that one where GM and Chrysler go under, taking one million jobs with them? Do you think Americans will then flock to Ford because it would be the last U.S. automaker or would they just buy more cars and trucks from Toyota and maybe Honda?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:20:22 PM

For the record, @suzmar, quantitative easing is what's keeping the home mortgage interest rate at record lows. Without that, you'd see way more foreclosures on your block and that wouldn't do wonders for the price of your home.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 11:14:03 PM

Its too bad when one commodity we are locked in on steals the money from all others.
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Need deeper pockets.
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It's getting painful.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:59:39 PM

Elementary.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:56:38 PM

higher gas prices filter and always makes consumers pay more...sooner or later
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:56:31 PM

DUH! who in the hell didnt already know this. I spend $100 per week to fill both of our vehicles where it used to take $60. I love my change anybody want whats left?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:55:44 PM

I don't think this is the "good sign of the economy growing" we're looking for.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:55:25 PM

There is only so much $$$ for consumer
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:50:13 PM

Something's gotta give!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:50:08 PM

Thanks to greed.......
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:48:58 PM

Gee, ya think so?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:45:56 PM

cutbacks everywhere will hppen.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:45:19 PM

In other words, Inflation.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:43:33 PM

yup
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Thanks greedy speculators
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:42:03 PM

The government needs to stay out of the way, it is largely due to their interference that we have high gasoline prices. Every time the fed devalues the dollar by their quantitative easing it pushes the cost of energy up.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:42:00 PM

DUH!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:41:50 PM

I cut back on driving to ease the pain at the pump...not stuff I need to live!
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Well, yeah!
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:36:28 PM

We are still getting clobbered @ the pumps!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:34:07 PM

Duh. If we had a truly competitive car market, we wouldn't have wasted money and time with electric cars and failed big two makers, and would likely have more natural gas vehicles and more wells dug by now.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:33:35 PM

I didn't need any dweebs in the Commerce Department to tell me that...
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What do you expect???
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:19:51 PM

Get more domestic oil to help consumer spending.
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no surprise to any of us.
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Brilliant statement
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Are the "experts" actually starting to figure this out?
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$4 gas will kill any recovery
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:09:15 PM

...and people REALLY want 4 more years of this?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:08:08 PM

whatever...
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:06:48 PM

can't spend what I don't have
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:05:37 PM

next
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No doubt, good thing it is not figured into the cost of living.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:04:45 PM

Definately spending more.
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no question about that
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Up and down, up and down, makes the world go around.
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wait till next week - big ouch coming
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:57:14 PM

If consumer spending is up, it's because of the high price of gas.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:56:23 PM

me too
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:51:19 PM

Dah
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:49:54 PM

The person that wrote this must be a genius. How in the world did he or she ever figure this out?
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Correct
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