Consumer Spending

February 2019:
January 2019: 0.1 percent
December 2018: -0.6 percent
November 2018: 0.5 percent

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

Release Information

  • Current Release: March 29, 2019
  • Next Release: April 29, 2019
  • 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.

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.

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