In a banner year for the S&P 500 index, stocks that rely on consumer spending rose the most

  • by: The Associated Press , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 4:15 PM

The Standard & Poor's 500 index logged its best year since 1997, gaining 29.6 percent. All 10 industry groups that make up the index rose, led by consumer discretionary stocks, a broad category that includes department stores, restaurants and entertainment companies. Telecommunications stocks rose the least. Here's a breakdown:

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