By  on July 26, 2007

WASHINGTON — Consumer spending grew modestly last month and early this month, although several regions of the country reported that sales were mixed or below expectations, according to the Federal Reserve Board Beige Book report.

The anecdotal snapshot of economic conditions, which drew on information collected from the Fed's 12 districts before July 16, showed a small bump in spending in the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis and Minneapolis districts. Sales in New York, Atlanta, Kansas City and Dallas were flat or below expectations.

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