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(AP) - MODEST SALES: Americans boosted their spending at retail businesses by a modest 0.2 percent last month, the smallest gain in four months. Sales of autos and furniture jumped, while sales of clothes and sporting goods fell.

CAUTIOUS CONSUMERS: Weak wage growth, modest job gains and higher taxes have limited Americans' spending power. Consumer spending drives roughly 70 percent of economic growth.

SLOWER GROWTH: Most economists forecast economic growth will slow to a 2 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, down from the 2.5 percent annual rate in the previous quarter.


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