U.S. consumers as a whole, the main drivers of the U.S. economy, continued to boost their spending in November for the second consecutive month, according to a new government report.

Consumer spending was up 0.5 percent to $47.9 billion in November after rising 0.6 percent in October, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

A separate report released today showing consumer sentiment for December is at its highest since September.

The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers saw its index rise to 72.5 in December and 67.4 in November, according to Reuters.