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Check Out Line: 7 things consumers still spend on


dentist1Check out the list of things consumers are still spending money on during the recession.

Auto repairs, home repairs and going to the dentist are among the seven areas consumers are still spending their money even as consumers worry about their jobs, according to Sageworks.

Auto repair shops’ sales grew an average of 2.4 percent over the last 12 months, compared with a 9.7 percent decline at car dealerships, Sageworks said. Meanwhile building equipment contractors, such as electricians and plumbing and heating contractors, saw sales rise 4.6 percent in the last year, while home builders’ sales fell more than 5 percent in the same period.

Grocery stores were more popular than eating out as the former had average sales growth of 6.7 percent over the last 12 months, compared with growth of 3.9 percent at sit-down restaurants, Sageworks said.