Consumer spending rises in Jan., unlikely to last (Martin Crutsinger)

A short article by Martin Crutsinger.

Consumer spending rose in January after falling for a record six straight months, pushed higher by purchases of food and other nondurable items. But the increase is expected to be fleeting given all the problems facing the economy.The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.6 percent in January, even better than the 0.4 percent gain that economists expected.Personal inco…

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