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In this Sept. 8, 2010, photo, a shopper buys paper towels at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Consumer spending rose by a moderate amount in August while incomes increased by the largest amount in eight months, a gain that was propelled by the resumption of extended unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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In this Sept. 8, 2010, photo, a shopper buys paper towels at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Consumer spending rose by a moderate amount in August while incomes increased by the largest amount in eight months, a gain that was propelled by the resumption of extended unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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