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Higher gas, rising taxes put choke hold on spending

Reuters -- Retail sales barely rose in January as tax increases and higher gasoline prices restrained spending, suggesting a slowdown in the pace of consumer spending early in the first quarter.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales edged up 0.1 percent after an unrevised 0.5 percent rise in December.

The modest gain, which was in line with economist's expectations, suggested that households were responding to the expiration of a two percent payroll tax cut on January 1. Taxes also went up for wealthy Americans.

So-called core sales, which strip out automobiles, gasoline and building materials and correspond most closely with the consumer spending component of gross domestic product, ticked up 0.1 percent after gaining 0.7 percent in December.

Consumer spending accoun


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:01:59 AM

really, you don't say....?! Never would have guessed that ... (turning off dripping sarcasm).
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Rajah
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:48:58 PM

The speculating hedge funds play a significant role in increasing oil prices.
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bston
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 7:48:52 PM

Prices were only down the end of last year to give people the false sense the economy was recovering, but reality set in & now prices are once again on the sharp increases!
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Toonces2013
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 6:19:53 PM

"Taxes also went up for wealthy Americans."

Yet Hollyweird, the group who should be paying the most, got a tax break. Being Obama supporters has its perks.
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07skydriver
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:42:04 PM

Just stay home.
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dylan126
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 3:37:27 PM

Put a choke hold on living....
" put choke hold on spending"
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:56:58 AM

crooks
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:56:43 AM

greed
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ican2step
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:38:09 AM

Can Obummer blame Bush for this?
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10k
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:37:33 AM

the next recession ??..we ain't never got out of the first recession around here..in this area, we are a heckova lot closer to a depression, than we are happy days-no matter what your dictator says !!..
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danreino
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:37:11 AM

$5.25 gas by 05/25
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:36:42 AM

Had to pay for Xmas!!
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:35:02 AM

Okay...very interesting
thanks for posting on GB
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:34:32 AM

The more money that goes into necessities like food, clothing, gas, etc., the less there is left for discretionary spending (which is the spending that spurs growth in the economy.)
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:33:23 AM

Yep the dollar ain't worth anything nowadays...
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:32:37 AM

Just what I expected.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:32:11 AM

The dollar is going to get trashed.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:30:27 AM

Next recession - or worse - is on the way
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:28:58 AM

This time it will push us into a Depression.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:27:35 AM

It sucks
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:27:17 AM

The economy stalls when gas prices rise..
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txkrb
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:25:05 AM

Third year in a row gas prices increased significantly in January
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:23:56 AM

Slow news day?
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:22:46 AM

Yup, its obvious to anyone outside the beltway.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:22:46 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:22:13 AM

Really??
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:21:36 AM

Elementary, my dear Watson.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:21:29 AM

Should Be Obvious...
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:20:32 AM

How's that hope and change working out?????
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:20:24 AM

definitely
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:20:14 AM

Hmm... The election is over so our taxes went up and gas prices are skyrocketing. Can someone please tell me the rationale for re-electing this clown?
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:20:02 AM

Glad they put a positive spin on the obvious
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:18:54 AM

not hard to figure out ...
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:18:19 AM

I totally agree.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:18:04 AM

Hummm Interesting.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:15:18 AM

so we noticed
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:15:08 AM

This is not surprising news, but the article was interesting.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:14:06 AM

Really, less take home pay = less spending and I didn't go to collage.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:13:59 AM

Money is tight and getting hard for families to cope
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:13:23 AM

It sucks
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:12:11 AM

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:10:22 AM

exactly
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:09:49 AM

High fuel prices are putting the clamps on economic recovery.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:08:43 AM

Higher gas prices = Inflation and lower economic growth.
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:08:42 AM

Who could have foreseen this? The answer is everyone. Raising taxes in a weak economy does not lead to economic prosperity.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:07:51 AM

Our oil addiction must be paid for before anything else.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:05:12 AM

No doubt about that.
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:04:45 AM

Then fix the speculation problem!!!
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sjhman
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:03:46 AM

Deja Vu
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02:30 AM

This all seems to familiar
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