Retail spending rises 7 percent in Baton Rouge

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Retail spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose just less than 7 percent in November. That's according to figures released by the city-parish Finance Department.

Businesses and consumers spent $672.6 million that month compared with $631.0 million in November 2011. The numbers do not include often-volatile vehicle sales.

Spending had a couple of flat months after the U.S. Bowling Congress tournament left town in July, but rebounded in October by rising 6 percent. The November numbers, which include the beginning of the holiday shopping season, followed suit.

For the year, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/VVwtVu ) consumer spending is up just less than 7 percent to $7.24 billion.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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