Back to School Boosts Spending

Spending Monitor and Index Trends:

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August 2018

After a two-month lull and mixed results over the course of the last six months, all signs point up in this month’s report thanks to the annual economic jolt that back-to-school spending delivers.

The CSG Retail Sending Index jumped 4 points, the largest gain we’ve seen since February. Those time-crunched shoppers preparing for school and college in August also plan to dine out en masse. The 5 point gain in the Restaurant Spending Index is the largest in more than a year, and it’s the largest July-to-August jump since…
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August 2018

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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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