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CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Comcast Corp. Brian Roberts said Friday that the decline in consumer spending caused by the economic downturn is still affecting the largest U.S. cable operator in the second quarter. "I think there's a general slowing of consumer expectations," he said during an investor conference that was Webcast. Though the second quarter is traditionally slower than others for cable because of college students and others who disconnect service for the summer, Roberts said Comcast is seeing "something else" in the marketplace that is causing fewer customers to sign up for the company's services. The issue may have to do with job cuts and fewer housing starts, Roberts said, which combine to mean that "there are fewer opportunities to sell things." Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.

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