Tag: consumer spending

Consumer Spending Gains Biggest Since December

After four slow winter months, consumers rebounded in April, increasing spending .4% from the previous month. Economists are crediting income growth, low inflation, low interest rates and rising household wealth for the rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta predicted on Tuesday that gross domestic product would expand at 3.8%. Inflation is still weakened versus last year, and overall prices rose 1.7% in April, down from 1.7% in March.

The rise in spending was led by a .9% rise in spending on durable goods, such as autos. Spending on non-durable goods included clothing up .6%. American’ average daily spending in April was $107, up $7 from March. This is the highest spending average since May 2008. Though retail sales dropped in Q1, April could be a turning point. A Gallup poll found that Americans still prefer saving to spending, but the actual amounts they are spending has been rising.

Sources: WSJ, USA Today, Gallup

Housing Investments in Q1 Boost Economy

The residential housing investments in Q1 2017 grew a huge 13.7%, which is the strongest quarter in 2 years. Data for new and existing home sales, home improvement spending and housing starts are greatly improved over those 2 years. Consumer spending in Q1 was pretty flat, growing just a slight 0.3%, but with employment and income increasing and home prices beginning to rise, consumer confidence is expected to rise along with them. What is also encouraging for the retail market is the makeup of new home buyers being new, young families, showing 1.2 million households were formed in Q1 alone.  Housing is playing an essential role in the current economy and will have a direct impact on gross domestic product, as well as supporting overall economic growth and retail spending.

Source: NRF.com