UPDATE 1-French consumers buck gloomy economic trend

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(Adds economists' comments, background) By Joelle Diderich PARIS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - French household spending fluctuated in July and August, but economists said consumers in the euro zone's second largest economy were proving surprisingly resilient despite high unemployment and a glum outlook for 2003. National statistics institute INSEE said on Tuesday expenditure by French households rose 1.3 percent in July and then fell 0.1 percent in August, as strong sales of clothing and shoes ...

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