(WASHINGTON) — Americans increased their spending more slowly in March, raising questions that consumers could be worried about the economy. The Commerce Department says consumer spending increased just 0.3 percent in March after a 0.9 percent gain in February. Income grew 0.4 percent following a 0.3 percent gain in February.
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Sales of consumer goods have slowed the most in about a decade, suggesting that Indians are making cuts in spending — especially on discretionary products — amid high inflation and a sluggish economy. Most company bosses expect things to get better soon, but a bad monsoon looms as a threat over rural consumption. The overall consumer products market slowed to 7.5 per cent in the year to March from 10.6 per cent in the previous year, according to Nielsen data.
US consumer spending growth slowed in March after a strong February, even as personal income growth picked up pace, government data showed Monday.Consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of US economic activity, rose 0.3 percent in March, the Commerce Department reported.That undershot the average analyst estimate of a 0.5 percent rise.Excluding food and energy, spending rose 0.2 percent.
US consumer spending slowed in March even as Americans saw a slight rise in income, official data showed Friday.Spending rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent after an upwardly revised rise of 0.9 percent in February, the Commerce Department said.The increase was slightly better than the average analyst estimate of 0.5 percent increase in consumer spending, a key driver of the US economy.
When it comes to a love of the open road, the United States stands apart. Americans drive more than motorists anywhere else in the world, according to the World Bank. When the average price of a gallon of gasoline dropped from $3.70 to just above $2 — a 45 percent drop — in seven months, economists predicted American households would put their unexpected $150 billion windfall to use in shopping malls, restaurants, and online. The hoped-for spending boom has yet to truly materialize – stuck in traffic? – but it’s still on the way.