Despite tax hike, US consumers keep spending, thanks to cheaper gas, rising wealth, low rates

  • by: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 29, 2013 - 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON - This year got off to a sour start for U.S. workers: Their pay, already gasping to keep pace with inflation, was suddenly shrunk by a Social Security tax increase.

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