Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article titled “Consumer Spending Wobbles” in which the trends in consumer spending as well as other major categories of economic activity are discussed.
An excerpt includes:
American consumers helped carry the economy through a spring slowdown and appeared to power a summer resurgence in growth. But in recent weeks government data have shown spending was slower over the summer than previously believed, and it has started off the final three months of the year on an even weaker footing.
Now a range of factors, from high unemployment to the prospect of increased taxes due to the approaching “fiscal cliff,” are threatening to sap consumers’ spending power at a time when other sectors of the economy likely are too weak to pick up the slack.
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