The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending and incomes were unexpectedly flat after rising 0.1 percent in May. There was a 2.4 percent economic growth pace in the second quarter due to sluggish consumer spending and the economy expanded at a 3.7 percent rate in the first three months of this year. While the economy has grown for four straight quarters, the recovery has been crawling along and has not impacted the high unemployment rate. “We’re still dealing with a stunningly high unemployment rate and very little job growth so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that spending patterns are looking soft,” said Tom Porcelli, U.S. Economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York. The Commerce Department reported that in June, spending adjusted for inflation rose 0.1 percent after gaining 0.2 percent in May. Real spending on services edged up 0.1 percent, while spending on goods rose 0.2 percent. Personal income was flat after increasing 0.3 percent in May. This was the first time since September that incomes had not risen. Real disposable income increased 0.2 percent after rising 0.4 percent the prior month. The saving rate was 6.4 percent, the highest since June last year, from 6.3 percent in May. Savings rose to an annual rate of $725.9 billion, the highest level since June last year.