Consumer spending, or personal consumption expenditures (PCE), is the value of the goods and services purchased by, or on the behalf of, U.S. residents. At the national level, BEA publishes annual, quarterly, and monthly estimates of consumer spending.
- Current release: November 30, 2023
- Next release: December 22, 2023
- Summary Tables Annual, Quarterly, and Monthly estimates
- Underlying Detail Tables Annual, Quarterly, and Monthly estimates with additional detail - Note: Detailed level estimates are more likely to be either based on judgmental trends or on less reliable source data than estimates at higher level aggregates.
- Comparison of the PCE Price Index with the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
- Auto and Truck Seasonal Adjustment November 30, 2023
- BEA Retail and Food Services SalesSection 0: Tables 5U, 6U, and 7U
- NIPA Handbook, Chapter 5: Personal Consumption Expenditures February 2014 - Updated to reflect the 2013 Comprehensive Revision.
- Updated Summary NIPA Methodologies November 2017
- Comparing Price Measures – The CPI and the PCE Price Index July 2017
- Research Spotlight: Estimates of Categories of Personal Consumption Expenditures Adjusted for Net Foreign Travel Spending April 2012
- Trends in Consumer Spending and Personal Saving, 1959–2009 June 2011
- Reconciliation between the Consumer Price Index and the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index June 2011
- Working with Chain-Type Aggregates: A Few Tricks June 2003
- PCE Methodologies and Source Data
- What is final consumption expenditures of nonprofit institutions serving households (NPISHs) and how do revisions to this category affect total personal consumption expenditures (PCE)?
- Does the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) publish relative-importance weights used in the derivation of chain-type quantity and price indexes for personal consumption expenditures (PCE)?
- How are personal consumption expenditures (PCE) prices and quantities derived?
- What is the Core PCE price index and why has it been redefined?
- What is the retail control method?
- How is BEA using the Census Bureau's quarterly services survey in its estimates of personal consumption expenditures?
- PCE Special Aggregation and Additional Detail Estimates
- What is the "market-based" PCE price index?
- What accounts for the differences in the PCE price index and the Consumer Price Index?
- Are more detailed estimates available for Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) beyond what is presented in the underlying detail Table 2.4.5U?
- What is the I-O commodity composition of the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA) PCE categories?
- Miscellaneous PCE Related Questions
- How are the Federal Rebates for Energy Star Appliances program (popularly called "Cash for Appliances") reflected in the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs)?
- How is the federal Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (i.e., the CARS program) reflected in the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs)?
- How do I use chain-type indexes (or chained-dollar) measures of economic activity, such as real GDP?
- How is the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan reflected in the NIPAs?
- How do I use percent changes from month (or quarter) one year ago?
- How do I use quarter-to-quarter (or month-to-month) percent changes?
- Census Bureau
- Services Annual Survey
- Quarterly Services Survey
- Annual Retail Trade Survey
- Advance Monthly Retail Sales Survey
- Economic Census
- Center for Medicare & Medicaid Statistics
- National Health Expenditures Account
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Consumer Price Index
- Producer Price Index
- Consumer Expenditures Survey
What is Consumer Spending?
The goods and services purchased by, or on behalf of, people living in the United States. Also known as personal consumption expenditures, these statistics are a popular way to gauge the economy's strength. More detailed data on what people buy is released annually.