US issues data early

WASHINGTON: The government on Tuesday mistakenly released data on consumer spending for November the day before its scheduled release. In a statement issued at 8:20pm on Tuesday, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) said there had been an ‘inadvertent release’ of some data pertaining to consumer spending during November. The statement didn’t say how long the data had been public before the mistake was discovered. The prematurely released data showed that consumer spending for November increased 0.3 per cent, in line with analysts’ forecasts.