Consumer spending during recoveries, at a glance

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 11:32 AM

The Associated Press analyzed nine economic recoveries since the Great Depression that lasted at least three years. By most measures, the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 is the worst. Consumer spending has never been weaker. Here is the difference between consumer spending during the quarter when a recession ended and the quarter three years later:

1948-1949 +13.5 percent
1953-1954 +13.9 percent
1960-1961 +15.3 percent
1969-1970 +15.2 percent
1973-1975 +15.1 percent
1981-1982 +16.5 percent
1990-1991 +10.7 percent
2001 +8.9 percent
2007-2009 +6.5 percent