Thursday, October 31, 2019

Personal Income increased 0.3% in September, Spending increased 0.2%

by Calculated Risk on 10/31/2019 08:49:00 AM

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

Personal income increased $50.2 billion (0.3 percent) in September according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $55.7 billion (0.3 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $24.3 billion (0.2 percent).

Real DPI increased 0.3 percent in September and Real PCE increased 0.2 percent. The PCE price index decreased less than 0.1 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased less than 0.1 percent.
The September PCE price index increased 1.3 percent year-over-year and the September PCE price index, excluding food and energy, increased 1.7 percent year-over-year.

The following graph shows real Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) through September 2019 (2012 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.

The dashed red lines are the quarterly levels for real PCE.

The increase in personal income, and the increase in PCE, was at expectations.

PCE growth was decent in Q3, and inflation was below the Fed's target.