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U.S. Personal Spending Rises Much Faster Than Income In February

3/30/2012 8:42 AM ET

With U.S. personal spending increasing at a much faster rate than personal income in the month of February, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing a notable drop in the personal savings rate for the month.

The report showed that personal spending rose by 0.8 percent in February following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent increase in January. Economists had expected spending to increase by 0.6 percent compared to the 0.2 percent growth that had been reported for the previous month.

Meanwhile, personal income edged up by 0.2 percent in February, matching the downwardly revised increase seen in the previous month. Personal income had been expected to increase by 0.4 percent.

As a result, personal saving as a percentage of disposable income tumbled to 3.7 percent in February from 4.3 percent in January.

by RTT Staff Writer

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