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US consumers boost spending 0.2 pct. last month

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WASHINGTON — Americans kept increasing their spending in March and their income grew, further indication that consumers are shaking off higher taxes.

The Commerce Department said Monday that consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in March from February. That followed a 0.7 percent jump in February and a 0.3 percent gain in January.

Income increased 0.2 percent last month, following a gain of 1.1 percent in February. After-tax income also rose 0.2 percent.

Higher income has helped offset an increase in Social Security taxes that took effect on Jan. 1. On Friday, the government said consumer spending rose from January through March at the fastest pace in more than two years.

‘‘The consumer is doing reasonably well,’’ Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank, said.

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