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Falling gas prices not enough to lift economy

Mercury News -- WASHINGTON -- Cheaper gas has yet to cause consumers to spend enough on other goods to boost the slumping economy.

Americans barely increased their spending at retail businesses this spring, leading economists to predict slower economic growth in the April-June quarter.

But the news from a spate of government data Thursday wasn't all bad. Consumers spent more in May on cars, appliances and furniture -- big purchases that help drive growth. Businesses continued to restock this spring at a healthy pace.

And wholesale prices outside of gasoline costs remain stable, which means consumers can expect inflation to stay mild.

If gas prices stay low, Americans are likely to spend more freely this summer on other goods, from autos and furniture to electronics and vacations, that fuel economic


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 12:06:33 AM

jwalk: well, jobs rely on transportation of goods or people (service consumers). Either needs to be moved SOMEHOW. They haven't learned to teleport just yet. And transportation is usually achieved by burning some form on energy.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2012 12:05:25 AM

gas is slowly creeping downward toward the 2.99 mark, diesel is not. Still too high and that's what keeps the economy in the dumps.
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2012 7:25:09 AM

doubt it will happen
BoerneWatch
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 9:29:59 AM

We went from under a buck to $4 and somehow paying $3.50 is going to return us to economic prosperity?
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 7:18:51 AM

Only jobs will do that...
FNB1967
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 6:59:00 AM

Yesterday's news
OHMS
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 5:34:58 AM

I'll go with tomok's answer.
golftellowcat
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 5:29:00 AM

ok
tomok
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 5:24:26 AM

The price of fuel at the pump has Not dropped enough to affect the economy. The price of fuel at the pump needs to drop around $2/gallon, then the economy will respond.
STOP Big oil from selling fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices or there will be NO price reduction for the cost of fuel or natural gas IN the US. 'Coming out of the closet' Barry will support natural gas and oil production for sale on the world market to pay for his ‘spending gone wild’ addiction and receive the huge federal tax income on oil. The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! Speculators, manipulators and the banks continue to unfairly and unjustly make the driving public pay higher prices at the pump for their benefit.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe and reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost, if possible.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
computernut2008
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 3:58:12 AM

not down here
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:12:55 AM

Prices not falling in the mid-west.
agr964
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:10:28 AM

If everything went up like gas did the last few years we'd be paying $70,000 for an economy car, $30 for a 12 pack of beer, and $15 fast food value meals. This is unsustainable as can be seen with world economies in the toilet since 2008 when the first big run-up happened.

Of the top 4 companies that raked in the most dough last year, 3 of them were gas companies. So basically, everyone else gets to give them any money they have left over during this downturn except them since they just charge whatever the heck they want and in turn make more money than ANY other company out there. The top three gas company took in a combined $1 TRILLION last year. Sure they perform a valuable service...but SERIOUSLY, how greedy can you get?

And as soon as any positive thing happens regarding the economy, you guessed it -- Up go the prices again to leach even more.



[Edited by: agr964 at 6/15/2012 12:13:08 AM EST]
DandyDapple
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:04:26 AM

snore ...
LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:03:14 AM


Falling prices is not the correct terminology,

Trickle down prices is!
honkerman
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:02:31 AM

If such and such, then maybe such and such.... duh.
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:00:54 AM

Consumers are constantly under attack and are probably suffering PTSD. ;-)
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2012 12:00:06 AM

ok
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:58:26 PM

Pump prices still way too high!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:56:50 PM

food prices are still way up, as is electricity and local taxes (property mainly).
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:54:49 PM

Gas prices are still too high.
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:51:57 PM

it takes a while to feel the savings or try to get back to hopefully more normal price of gas
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:48:54 PM

too little too late
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:48:43 PM

Duhhh! Look at the unemployment figures and you will see why retail sales are not climbing.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:46:01 PM

The American consumer is at his limit.
rashida
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:45:45 PM

that's true!
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:44:12 PM

When we are not wasting our money on high gas prices, how can we afford anything else
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:42:49 PM

Bull, gas prices go down, economy gets better!
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:39:23 PM

Well the title tells it all…… Enough for me
dchiou
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:35:19 PM

it's not just lower gas prices...
69Bonne
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:33:50 PM

I agree.
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It takes a real president.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:32:54 PM

Up and down, up and down, makes the world go around.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:30:43 PM

BUMMER!
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:24:23 PM

So true.
rickone
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:23:50 PM

Interesting - Thanks for posting.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:23:10 PM

ok
J4romeo
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:22:50 PM

lmao lower gas prices, shit with speedway running the show in my area, price still above 3.79 here!!..sad!!
veemotors
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:22:03 PM

because it takes years to catch up on bills to spend on more crap.
skyking19
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:17:35 PM

There's more issues out there than the price of oil!
Marson
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:16:24 PM

Prices just started dorpping, it will take a while for people to start spending the savings!
texashoudini
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:15:18 PM

No, but if it keeps dropping.......
kingspade28
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:13:36 PM

u no if we the people wud start spending more and saving less and the prices of gas went under three dollars....i think we wud be fine
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:12:58 PM

they need to drop more yet
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nobama's economy will be his downfall.
suzmar
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:09:06 PM

Gas prices may be falling, but they are still to high. Much higher than when Mr. Obama took office.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:08:52 PM

Economic activity creates jobs not falling gas prices. People working and spending creates the bigger pie,ie the bigger economy. Govt. does not nor never has created jobs.
OGW
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:08:35 PM

Well if they drop the barrel down to $30.00 the economy will pick right up!
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:08:24 PM

What? You mean a drop of five and ten cents a gallon doesn't lift the economy?? (Sarcasm)
saleboss
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:08:23 PM

Less than a 30 cent drop here, and nothing seems to be getting any better with the economy!
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:03:17 PM

Today the temperature dropped from 95 to 91....what a drop !!!! LOL
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:02:36 PM

It helps hold down expenses and give consumers more disposable income. Sounds like this story is flawed.
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