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US consumer income down 4.2% in May, better than forecast

Fri Jun 26, 2020
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According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the US Department of Commerce, consumer income in May fell 4.2% compared with April. Consumer spending rose 8.2% on a monthly basis. Analysts had forecast a 6% decline in revenue and a 9% increase in spending.

Growth in consumer spending was a record, but experts are confident that this trend will not last long: millions of Americans will soon cease to receive increased unemployment benefits. In April, consumer spending fell by a record 12.6%.

An estimate of the income and expenses of Americans in May was influenced by the quarantine response to the spread of COVID-19. The ministry noted that government payments aimed at restoring the economy were still made, but in smaller volumes than in April.

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