Spending Monitor and Index Trends:

Consumer Spending Report Index

August 2015

The CSG U.S. Spending Index decreased 5.3 points. This is the lowest consumer confidence index since last November, when the index was at 101.5. A majority of adults surveyed, 70.8%, say they believe the economy is fair or poor and 41.4% say they believe it is getting worse. While adults perception of their finances remained relatively stagnant, (41.0% answered excellent or good, 57.7% answered fair or poor, and 1.3% answered not sure), a greater percentage this month believe that their personal finances are getting worse. With back to school season quickly approaching, it is no surprise that adults with children had the greatest change in the percentage that saw their finances as getting worse.

The CSG Restaurant Spending Index decreased 3.5 points between June and July. Compared to six months ago, a majority of the adults surveyed are going out to eat less often or about the same. Breaking it down further, 39.3% of Hispanic adults surveyed are dining out less often compared to 38.6% of White and 36.9% of Black adults. When surveyed about how often adults ventured out to restaurants for dinner in a given week, Hispanic adults led both groups for dining out 2-3 times a week and 3+ times a week at 35.1% and 4.5%, respectively. A good majority of the adults – 48.7% Black, 45.1% White, 43.7% Other, and 24.7% Hispanic – surveyed at going out to eat rarely or never.

The CSG Retail Spending Index decreased 3.5 points; this is the lowest the index has been since January when it was 101.0. The change in the percentage of adults that say they will spend more on household improvements is an example of the decreasing index. Household improvements still has the largest percentage of adults that say they will spend more this month with 19.8%, but this percentage was 22.9% last month. While spending in household improvements and discretionary spending has gone down, expected spending on clothing, footwear, or accessories, and household expenses has gone up. The monitor is expected to stay relatively the same next month as almost half of adults surveyed reported spending about the same as last months and over half expect to spend the same next month…

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August 2015

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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.The CSR will be available to all customers this summer delivered on a monthly basis. If you would like to receive the CSR report in your email, fill out the form to the left.

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