Spending, income up as ’12 ends

Early dividends, bonuses help advance earnings 2.6%, most since ’04

Posted: February 1, 2013 at 3:22 a.m.

Customers shop for clothes at an H&M store in Atlanta in December. Household purchases rose 0.2 percent in December, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in December as incomes grew by the most in eight years.

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Business, Pages 29 on 02/01/2013