STEVE INSKEEP, host:
In NPR's business news, consumer spending gives the economy a lift, but not much.
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INSKEEP: Gas prices may be soaring, home values may be stagnating, but Americans still have the cash to keep spending. That's according to the latest date from the Commerce Department out this morning. In March, unemployment hit a five-year low and salaries went up, but consumer spending only rose less than half a percent. A Reuters survey finds that consumer confidence - essentially how good you feel about the economy right now - fell in April to a seven-month low.
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