A fresh round of government stimulus checks sent personal income up to its biggest monthly gain since April 2020 though inflation remained tame, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
Personal income jumped 10% after a 0.6% increase in December. That was even higher than the 9.5% Dow Jones estimate.
The gain came from the issuance of $600 stimulus payments that Congress approved for millions of Americans, along with enhanced unemployment benefits. Consumers took those checks and spent them quickly, sending retail sales surging and pushing overall expenditures up 2.4% for the month, a touch below the estimate of 2.5%.
The slightly softer-than-expected spending data came amid a burst in the…