BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Retail spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose just less than 7 percent in November. That's according to figures released by the city-parish Finance Department.
Businesses and consumers spent $672.6 million that month compared with $631.0 million in November 2011. The numbers do not include often-volatile vehicle sales.
Spending had a couple of flat months after the U.S. Bowling Congress tournament left town in July, but rebounded in October by rising 6 percent. The November numbers, which include the beginning of the holiday shopping season, followed suit.
For the year, The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/VVwtVu ) consumer spending is up just less than 7 percent to $7.24 billion.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com