Spending Monitor and Index Trends:

Consumer Spending Report Index

September 2014

The CSG U.S. Spending Monitor increased 1 point between July and August. This slight increase is shown in the rise in the percentage of people that believe the economy is staying the same: 28.9% in August, 24.4% in July, and 22.8% in June. More adults are also reporting that their personal finances are staying the same: 36.9% in August vs. 33.4% in July. While more adults believe their finances are beginning to stabilize, a combined 61.5% rate their personal finances as fair or poor.

The CSG Restaurant Spending Index increased 1.5 points between July and August. The percentage of adults that report going out to eat 3 or more times a week has increased from 2.4% to 4.2%. The amount of money people are expecting to spend per person has also increased. In July, 13.4% of adults expected their checks to be $20-$35, this percentage increased to 16.2% in August.

The CSG Retail Spending Index remained relatively stable, increasing by only 0.2 points between July and August. Retail spending has remained stable because adults are still preparing for fall and back-to-school shopping. The category which had the greatest percentage of adults reporting they would spend more was on clothing, footwear, and accessories (15.0%). In almost every category, around half of adults surveyed said they will spend the same on retail next month.

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CSG: Consumer Spending Report
September 2014

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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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