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Monday, November 01, 2010

Personal income declines 0.1%, Spending increases 0.2% in September

by Calculated Risk on 11/01/2010 08:30:00 AM

From the BEA: Personal Income and Outlays, June 2010

Personal income decreased $16.8 billion, or 0.1 percent, and disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $20.3 billion, or 0.2 percent, in September ... Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $17.3 billion, or 0.2 percent.
Real PCE -- PCE adjusted to remove price changes -- increased 0.1 percent in September, compared with an increase of 0.3 percent in August.
Personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income was 5.3 percent in September, compared with 5.6 percent in August.
Personal Income less Transfer Click on graph for large image.

This graph shows real personal income less transfer payments since 1969.

This measure of economic activity is moving sideways - similar to what happened following the 2001 recession.

This month the saving rate decreased ...

Personal Saving rateThis graph shows the saving rate starting in 1959 (using a three month trailing average for smoothing) through the Setpember Personal Income report.

In September, income declined 0.1%, and spending increased 0.2% - so the saving rate decreased to 5.3% in September (5.5% using a three month average).

I expect the saving rate to rise some more over the next year, perhaps to 8% or so - keeping the pace of PCE growth below income growth.