Consumer spending up 0.5%

November’s Yule shoppers propel biggest rise since June

Posted: December 24, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending rose in November by the most in five months as discounts drew early Christmas shoppers, giving the U.S. economy a little momentum at the end of 2013.

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