In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, photo, Lana Nguyen, right, holds up a shirt while helping friend Chris Ghiathi, left, shop in an H&M store, in Atlanta. U. S. consumers increased their

 

              In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, photo, Lana Nguyen, right, holds up a shirt while helping friend Chris Ghiathi, left, shop in an H&M store, in Atlanta. U. S. consumers increased their
In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, photo, Lana Nguyen, right, holds up a shirt while helping friend Chris Ghiathi, left, shop in an H&M store, in Atlanta. U. S. consumers increased their spending in December at a slower pace, while their income grew by the largest amount in eight years. Income surged because companies rushed to pay dividends before income taxes increased on high-earners. (AP Photo/David Goldman)