February 28, 2019

Statistics on consumer spending in January, also known as personal consumption expenditures, have been rescheduled for release March 29 because of the effects of the temporary lapse in federal funding.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis typically releases each month’s personal income and spending data together in the Personal Income and Outlays report. However, because of delays in the availability of some source data, the schedule for income and outlay statistics will be temporarily misaligned.

On March 29, personal income for February will be released as originally scheduled. However, that report will not include figures on consumer spending, personal saving, and the PCE price indexes for February. Instead, it will include consumer spending, personal saving, the PCE price indexes, and related data for January.

The updated schedule:

  • Personal Income and Outlays for December 2018 and Personal Income only for January 2019 released March 1 at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Personal Income for February 2019 and Personal Outlays for January 2019 released March 29 at 8:30 a.m. 

BEA continues to work closely with its data suppliers, including the U.S. Census Bureau, to review its schedule of economic releases. 

For future information about the scheduling of personal spending statistics for February, and any additional changes to BEA’s release calendar, please visit the news release schedule on our website.