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by Tom Moeller February 1, 2016
Personal consumption expenditures were little changed during December (3.2% y/y) following a revised 0.5% November increase, initially reported as 0.3%. A 0.1% rise had been expected in the Action Economics Forecast Survey. When adjusted for a slight dip in prices, spending rose 0.1% (2.6% y/y after a 0.4% increase. Notable caution was exhibited when it came to product spending. Durable goods purchases fell 0.9% (+3.5% y/y) following a 1.5% jump. Motor vehicle purchases were reduced 3.2% (+0.2% y/y), reversing all of the November surge. Home furnishing & appliance buying remained unchanged (3.6% y/y) after two months of 0.2% increase. Spending on recreational goods & vehicles edged up 0.1% (6.4% y/y) following six months of strong increase. In the nondurable goods sector, clothing purchases declined 0.7% (+0.8% y/y), off for the third month in the last four. Services spending picked up some of the slack with a second straight 0.4% rise (4.1% y/y). A 1.9% jump (4.7% y/y) in recreation services spending paced the increase. That was followed by a 1.0% gain (6.2% y/y) in hotels & restaurants. Lower energy prices afforded this strength as housing & utilities spending fell 0.2% (+2.9% y/y).
Cautious spending accompanied a moderate 0.3% rise (4.2% y/y) in personal income which followed an unrevised 0.3% gain. A 0.2% rise had been expected. Wage & salary earnings rose 0.2% (4.5% y/y) following a 0.5% rise. Rental income improved 0.5% (6.7% y/y), the strongest gain in six months. Transfer receipts jumped 0.7% (5.4% y/y), driven by a 1.4% rise (4.7% y/y) in social security payments. Medicare receipts improved 0.5% (4.6% y/y) for a third straight month. Jobless insurance benefits advanced 0.9% but they were off 8.5% y/y with the firmer job market. Proprietors earnings surged 1.0% (2.7% y/y) following a 0.1% dip. Dividend earnings fell minimally (+3.8% y/y) while interest earnings fell 0.7% (+1.5% y/y) for the third straight month.
Disposable personal income increased 0.3% (3.7% y/y) after a 0.2% gain. Adjusted for price inflation, take-home pay rose 0.4% (3.1% y/y) following three months of lesser increase.
The personal savings rate improved to 5.5% from 5.3%, earlier reported as 5.5%. The rate remained nearly the highest since 2012. Personal saving increased 15.3% during the last twelve months. During all of 2015, the personal savings rate averaged 5.2%, the highest level in three years.
The chain price index eased 0.1% (+0.6% y/y) after five months of little change. The index change was held back by a 0.7% fall (-2.5% y/y) in nondurable goods prices as energy costs declined 2.6% (-13.6% y/y), the fourth sharp decline in five months. Prices have fallen 24.8% since June 2004. Food prices fell 0.4% (-0.3% y/y) after a 0.2% decline. Excluding food & energy, prices remained unchanged (+1.4% y/y). Durable goods prices eased 0.1% (-1.4% y/y) while services prices improved 0.1% (1.9% y/y) after a 0.3% rise.
The personal income & consumption figures are available in Haver's USECON database with detail in the USNA database. The Action Economics figure is in the AS1REPNA database.
|Personal Income & Outlays (%)||Dec||Nov||Oct||Dec Y/Y||2015||2014||2013|
|Wages & Salaries||0.2||0.5||0.6||4.5||4.8||5.1||2.7|
|Disposable Personal Income||0.3||0.2||0.3||3.7||3.8||4.2||-0.1|
|Personal Consumption Expenditures||-0.0||0.5||0.0||3.2||3.4||4.2||3.1|
|Personal Saving Rate||5.5||5.3||5.5||5.0
|PCE Chain Price Index||-0.1||0.1||0.1||0.6||0.3||1.4||1.4|
|Less Food & Energy||0.0||0.2||0.0||1.4||1.3||1.5||1.5|
|Real Personal Consumption Expenditures||0.1||0.4||-0.0||2.6||3.1||2.7||1.7|