Consumer Spending

Associated Press
In this Aug. 18. 2014 photo, customers pick up a package of "ramyeon" instant noodles in a basket at a shopping center in Seoul, South Korea. By value, instant noodles were the top-selling manufactured food in South Korea in 2012, the most recent year figures are available, according to South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. The country sold about 1.85 trillion won ($1.8 billion) worth, mostly in domestic markets, that year. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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