Americans' Income & Spending Rose More Than Expected In July (Before Handouts Stopped)

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Aug 28, 2020 - 08:39 AM

Analysts expected the trend of the last two months to continue in July with personal spending rebounding (though at a slower pace) and personal incomes shrinking back, but both surprised to the upside with a +0.4% MoM rise in incomes and +1.9% MoM jump in spending ( vs -0.2% and +1.6% respectively).

Source: Bloomberg

Incomes (thanks to govt transfers) are still up 8.2% YoY while spending remains down 2.8% YoY...

Source: Bloomberg

Private workers' pay fell less than government workers' pay in July on a YoY basis:

  • Private sector wages dropped -1.2% Y/Y, better than -2.7% last month

  • Government worker wages dropped -1.3%, better than -1.3% last month

Overall spending is back to Nov 2017 levels, but "V"-ing nicely off the 2012 lows...

Source: Bloomberg

Sending the savings rate lower (from 19.2% to 17.8%)...

Finally we note that The Fed's favorite inflation indicator - Core PCE Deflator - re-accelerated in July, but at 1.3% remains well below any old or new mandate-driven level...

Bear in mind that this data - from July - was before the big handouts all stopped!