Create a free Manufacturing.net account to continue

Consumer Spending Surges In March

U.S. consumers ramped up spending in March at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years, a sign the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers ramped up spending in March at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years, a sign the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.9 percent, the largest gain since April 2009. The government also revised up its estimate of the spending gain in February to 0.5 percent from 0.3 percent.

People spent more on manufactured goods. Autos and furniture led much of the gains, according to a retail sales report released last month.

Income rose 0.5 percent after rising 0.4 percent in February.

Higher spending points to stronger growth because consumer activity accounts for 70 percent of the economy. Harsh weather curbed spending during last quarter as a whole. The economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1 percent.


More from MBTMag.com

Report Says U.S. Lost $11.2B On GM Bailout

Rosie's Plant Saved From Wrecking Ball

U.S. Wants Charge Reinstated In BP Spill Case

Explore more news here.

More in Operations