by Risk calculated on 05/26/2023 08:40:00
The BEA published the Personal income and expenses April report:
Personal income rose $80.1 billion (0.4% at a monthly rate) in April, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal disposable income (DPI) increased by $79.4 billion (0.4%) and personal consumption expenditure (PCE) increased by $151.7 billion (0.8%).
The PCE price index rose 0.4%. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index rose 0.4%. Real DPI rose less than 0.1% in April and real PCE rose 0.5%; goods increased by 0.8% and services by 0.3%.
The April PCE price index rose 4.4% yoy, down from 4.2% yoy in March and down from the recent peak of 7.0% in June 2022.
The following chart shows real personal consumption expenditure (PCE) through April 2023 (in 2012 dollars). Note that the y axis does not start at zero to better show the change.
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The dotted red lines are the quarterly levels of the real PCE.
Personal income was in line with expectations and PCE was above expectations.
Inflation has been above expectations.