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Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 3.9 percent in November

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 3.9 percent in November. It's the sixth month in a row where economic activity was higher than the year before.

Businesses and consumers spent $686 million in November. That's according to figures released Tuesday by the city-parish Finance Department. That compares with $660 million in November 2014. The figures do not include vehicle sales, which are generally examined separately when looking at spending as an economic indicator.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1PgPktf) spending by category increased across the board. Sale tax collections at food service and drinking establishments increased by 4 percent, while retail sales were up 3.2 percent from November 2014. Manufacturing spending, a traditionally volatile category, was up 2.1 percent.


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

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