Friday, June 26, 2009

Income, Spending, and Saving All Increase in May


WASHINGTON -- Households pushed their savings rate to the highest level in more than 15 years in May as a big boost in incomes from the government's stimulus program was devoted more to bolstering nest eggs than increased spending. The savings rate, which was hovering near zero in early 2008, surged to 6.9%, the highest level since December 1993 (see chart above).

The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.3% in May, in line with expectations. But incomes jumped 1.4%, the biggest gain in a year and easily outpacing the 0.3% gain that economists expected (see chart above).

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