Income Growth Slows — Americans Forced To Reduce Their Savings Rate To Keep On Spending

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At first blush, today’s personal income and spending news looks like kind of a snooze.But actually it’s not good.

Personal income rose by just 0.1% vs. expectations of a 0.2% rise.

And last month’s personal income number rose by only 0.1% vs. original estimates of 0.3%, so that’s a downward move of some significance.

Spending held up, rising 0.5%, but that’s going to be tough to maintain if earnings keep falling.

Of course, the above data means that what’s happening is savings rate.

From the announcement:

Personal saving — DPI less personal outlays — was $444.8 billion in August, compared with $492.2 billion in July.  Personal saving as a percentage of disposable personal income was 3.7 per cent in August, compared with 4.1 per cent in July.


ORIGINAL POST: First big datapoint of the day: Personal Income & Spending for August.

Analysts expect growth of 0.2% on income and 0.5% on spending.

We’ll have the number here LIVE at 8:30 AM ET.

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