U.S. incomes made the strongest gain of the year in November, and spending rose for the 17th consecutive month, suggesting consumer power continues to drive the economy.

Personal income rose 0.8%-for the 13th consecutive gain and the largest since June 1996-after climbing a revised 0.6% in October, the Commerce Department said last week. Trends in income can portend future business activity, because they indicate how much consumers will be able to spend.

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