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Consumers Spending Less; Just Ask Wal-Mart

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All of the talk about the negative impact of the sequestration on consumer spending appears to have some validity.

While the rich consumers are continuing to spend on luxury items, those who are making less money and are influenced by the fragile jobs market and flat income levels continue to worry, which could likely impact consumer spending going forward. The effects of this, along with the widening gaps between the rich and the poor and the middle class are affecting consumer spending by Americans. In fact, we are seeing a widening income gap in many countries around the world, so it's not just an American phenomenon-its impact on consumer spending is global.

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