U.S. Outlook: Can the U.S. consumer keep up the pace?
The U.S. consumer is often the most important piece of our economic puzzle, making the difference between a solid economic expansion and a mediocre one.
For more on this, see highlights of my report below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook, delivered on Nov. 9.Key observations:
- Since 1947 the consumer spending share of GDP has ranged from a low 58.9% in 1967 to 68.5% in 2011. The 2017 share was just below the 2011 all-time high at 68.4%.
- Since May the gap between consumer spending growth and income growth has widened over time.
- The consumer savings rate has declined for seven straight months since reaching 7.4% in February.
- Our forecast is for annualized real consumer spending growth to decelerate from the current white-hot pace of 4.0% to 2.6% in the fourth quarter.