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Consumer Spending Report Index

November 2014The CSG U.S. Spending Monitor decreased 1.7 points between September and October. There was an increase in the percentage of adults that rate the economy as excellent, from 3.1% to 4.6%, but 40.1% still rate the economy as fair and 34.4% rate it as poor. There was a decrease in the percentage of people that rate their personal finances as excellent or good. Last month, 9.1% viewed their personal finances as excellent and 32.2% viewed it as good; this month 8.8% answered excellent and 30.1% answered good. Those aged between 18-39 had the highest percentage, 30.9%, that believe their personal finances are getting better; this is compared to 22.7% of 40-64 year-olds and 16.2% of those 65 and older. Those in the 18-39 age range also had a much lower percentage, almost half, that believed their personal finances are getting worse: 22.7% compared to 45.0% of those between 40-64 and 42.9% of those 65 and older. This month, a third of adults, 32.8%, report that they expect to have added expenses or a shortfall of income in the next 30 days.

The CSG Restaurant Spending Index decreased 1.8 points between September and October. Almost half of adults surveyed, 42.0%, report going out to eat less this month compared to six months ago. While the majority of those surveyed still report mostly eating at casual restaurants, 64.6%, more people this month, 23.1%, also report mostly eating at fast food restaurants.

The CSG Retail Spending Index increased 1.9 points between September and October. Over one third of adults, 34.0%, reported spending more this month compared to last month and 29.1% report that they will spend more next month. Almost one fifth of adults, 19.6%, surveyed reported they would spend more on clothing, footwear, and accessories next month. All other areas of spending saw increases except for a 3.5% decrease in the percentage that reported they would spend more on household improvements. While there have been many reports of increased online holiday shopping, only 24.2% of adults surveyed report that they will do their shopping online. Of that percentage, 16.4% say they will use their personal computer and 7.8% say they will use a mobile internet device.

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CSG: Consumer Spending Report
November 2014

Consumer Spending Report

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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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