Spending Monitor and Index Trends:

Overall, the month of June was not a month of economic confidence or abundance of spending. All three CSG indexes decreased and adults of all income levels, age, and gender reported spending less in June.

Consumer Spending Report Index

July 2014

The CSG U.S. Spending Monitor decreased 3.2 points between May and June. Economic confidence has declined as 44.3% of consumers believe the economy is getting worse (page 2). This is a 5.9% increase in adults believing this from last month. A majority of consumers (60.2%) rate their personal finances as fair or poor for the month of June; this is compared to 56.5% that believed the same in May.

The CSG Restaurant Spending Index decreased 8.2 points between May and June. Over half of adults surveyed reported eating out rarely or never in a typical week. This is a 4.7% increase from those who reported the same in May.

The CSG Retail Spending Index decreased 10.5 points between May and June. This decrease can be seen in all areas of spending, as more adults are expecting to spend less on discretionary purchases next month. Spring fever has ended and adults are spending less during the summer months.

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The CSG US Spending Monitor, Retail Spending Index, and Restaurant Spending Index are monthly indexes of consumer spending intentions and capacity based on interviews with a random sample of 1,500 U.S. adults. In addition to spending, the survey asks consumers their opinions on the U.S. economy and their personal finances, retail and other discretionary spending. The Monitor began in January 2014 with a base index of 100.

CSG captures a unique view of consumer, retail, and foodservice spending intentions. The CSR includes the CSG US Spending Monitor, which tracks economic confidence and spending intentions of US consumers, the CSG Restaurant Spending Index, which measures consumer spending intentions for restaurant purchases, and the CSG Retail Spending Index that measures consumer retail and discretionary spending confidence.

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