Glimmer of Good News

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says personal income decreased $20.7 billion (0.2 per-cent), and disposable personal income decreased $11.8 billion (0.1 percent) in November 2008. Personal consumption expenditures decreased $56.1 billion (0.6 percent). In October, personal income increased $11.3 billion (0.1 per-cent), disposable personal income increased $16.7 billion (0.2 percent), and personal consumption expenditures decreased $102.6 billion (1.0 percent), based on revised estimates. But real disposable income (adjusted for inflation) increased 1 percent in November, compared with an increase of 0.7 percent in October. Real personal consumption expenditures increased 0.6 percent, the biggest increase in more than three years. The November increase in personal consumption, mostly the result of declining gasoline prices, is a glimmer of positive economic news. Jewelry Busines

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