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Americans' personal income rose 0.6 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported yesterday, and increasingly upbeat workers continued to spend freely for the seventh month in a row.

The amount of money they took in, which was generally in line with Wall Street estimates, outstripped spending, allowing consumers to sock away funds into savings.

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The increase in personal income, a key element in the ability of consumers to help fuel the strengthening economic recovery, followed a revised 0.1 percent increase in September and brought the seasonally adjusted annual rate to $5.47 trillion.

Consumer spending, the report said, rose 0.8 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $4.47 trillion. It said Americans saved $177 billion in the month, after $185 billion in September.

The new data follows indications this week that Americans are beginning to feel better about the economy.

The Conference Board, a private business group, reported that consumer confidence soared in November, with a dramatic 11-point jump in the monthly measure of Americans' economic optimism.

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