So far in 2022, inflation has outpaced income, yet real consumer spending has increased every month this year including another 0.7% in April as we learned in today’s personal income and spending report. The source of funds for these outlays are not infinite. For real spending to be sustained, we’ll need to see income outpace inflation. That happened in April for the first time since October 2021.
Consumers Getting Close to the End of the Lollipop?
On the day after revised GDP numbers showed an even faster pace of consumer spending in the first quarter, fresh data today for April showed that momentum continued into the second quarter. Personal spending shot up 0.9% in the month and, after adjusting for inflation, real spending still added 0.7%; that comes on the heels of revisions that more than doubled March’s real spending gain from 0.2% to 0.5%. READ FULL ARTICLE>>