US consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in February
FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, an H&M store window advertises a sale, in New York. On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Commerce Department issues its February report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The economy continues to grow across the U.S. at a modest-to-moderate pace as a tight labor market helped broaden wage gains, a Federal Reserve survey showed Wednesday.

The central bank’s Beige Book economic report, based on anecdotal information collected by regional Fed banks between mid-February and the end of March, did find mixed signals on consumer spending. It said household purchases outside of automobiles were softer even as Americans were gaining…