Consumer spending grew significantly faster than disposable personal income in July. According to the US Commerce Department (here) personal income increased $45B (0.2%) while consumer spending increased $145B (0.8%). Personal savings was 3.5% of disposable personal income, down from 4.2% the previous month. In short, the consumer fell $100B behind in July.
Personal income was flat (0.0%) in July but personal consumption expenditures rose 0.6%, after accounting for inflation.
Consumers grew spending 3x to 4x faster than inflation. In short, they spent more, and they grew spending more than they grew their income.
We also saw downward revisions to consumer’s growth in personal income for both May and June of 2023, by a combined $20.5B. US consumer income growth was slightly weaker than we thought.
We see that the US economy continues to grow based on increases in personal consumption for every month in 2023. Our question is regarding where the money is coming from to pay for those purchases, and whether the consumer is taking on unhealthy levels of credit. Only time will tell.
By Jeffrey Cohen
US Advanced Computing Infrastructure, Inc.
Chicago Quantum SM