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U.S. consumer spending ends third-quarter with strong momentum

“U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in September as households boosted purchases of motor vehicles and inflation increased steadily, which could bolster expectations of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve in December,” said an article released by Reuters.

“The Commerce Department said on Monday that consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, increased 0.5 percent after dipping 0.1 percent in August. Last month’s rise in consumer spending offered a fairly strong handoff from the third quarter to the current quarter.”

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