Shoppers seen as key to growth

Increasing business investment giving demand a nudge

Posted: December 1, 2017 at 1:45 a.m.

Customers crowd the checkout line at a Best Buy store in Overland Park., Kan., on Thanksgiving Day.

U.S. consumer spending settled back in October to a still-decent pace after the biggest increase since 2009, as a post-storm surge in auto sales cooled. Incomes remained robust and inflation showed progress toward the Federal Reserve's goal.

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