Monday, August 29, 2011

Personal Income increased 0.3% in July, Spending increased 0.8%

by Calculated Risk on 8/29/2011 08:30:00 AM

The BEA released the Personal Income and Outlays report for July:

Personal income increased $42.4 billion, or 0.3 percent ... in July ... Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $88.4 billion, or 0.8 percent.
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Real PCE increased 0.5 percent ... The price index for PCE increased 0.4 percent in July
The following graph shows real Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) through July (2005 dollars). Note that the y-axis doesn't start at zero to better show the change.

Personal Consumption Expenditures Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

PCE increased 0.8 in July, and real PCE increased 0.5% as the price index for PCE increased 0.4 percent in July.

Note: The PCE price index, excluding food and energy, increased 0.2 percent, the same increase as in June.

The personal saving rate was at 5.0% in July.
Personal saving -- DPI less personal outlays -- was $582.8 billion in July, compared with $638.6 billion in June. Personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income was 5.0 percent in July, compared with 5.5 percent in June.
Personal Saving rate This graph shows the saving rate starting in 1959 (using a three month trailing average for smoothing) through the June Personal Income report.

Real PCE was revised up a little for Q2 too. This was a solid increase in spending and above the consensus of 0.5% - however I expect August to be weaker due to the confidence shattering debt ceiling debate.