In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 photo, Marty Grossman shops for a hat at Lodge's store on in Albany, N.Y. Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail

 

              In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 photo, Marty Grossman shops for a hat at Lodge
In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 photo, Marty Grossman shops for a hat at Lodge's store on in Albany, N.Y. Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. About half the jump reflected higher gas prices, but even excluding gas purchases, retail sales rose 0.6 percent. The report Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from the Commerce Department showed that Americans kept spending last month despite higher Social Security taxes that took effect this year. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)