Gayle Strickland Jones shops for back-to-school supplies for fifth-grade son and seventh-grade daughter at Staples in Chestnut Hill Plaza in Delaware, Del. Consumers spent less on autos, clothing and furniture, leaving retail sales unchanged in August. The lack of growth in retail sales during a month of wild stock market fluctuations may increase recession fears.
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published Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers grew more cautious last month amid wild stock market swings, zero job growth and heightened concerns that the economy has weakened.