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In this May 6, 2012, photo, shoppers carry their purchases along 33rd Street in New York. U.S. consumers barely increased their spending on retail goods in April. The weak gain was affected by cheaper gas prices and possibly a mild winter, which may have encouraged consumers to make purchases in the previous two months. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.1 percent April. Retail spending had risen 0.7 percent in March and 1 percent in February. (AP Photo/CX Matiash)

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Americans spending a bit more as gas prices fall

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are starting to see some relief from higher gas prices, a change that could revive the economy in the months ahead.. Consumer prices were flat in April, largely because of a decline in gas prices. Lower prices at the pump may be combining with steady job


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