Center for Microeconomic Data

  • The median reported year-over-year increase in monthly household spending declined to 7.7 percent in December, down from its series high of 9.0 percent in August 2022. The decrease was broad-based across age, education, and income groups.
  • The share of households that reported making a large purchase over the past four months decreased from 61.7 percent in August to 56.4 percent in December. While the share of those making large purchases on home appliances, electronics, and furniture rose in December, the share spending on vehicles, home repairs, homes, and vacations fell.
  • The median expected monthly overall spending growth over the next twelve months declined to 4.0 percent from 4.4 percent in August, its lowest reading since April 2021. The decrease was most pronounced for those with household incomes over $100,000.
  • The median expected year-ahead change in everyday essential spending (that is, daily living expenses) dropped from 5.6 percent in August to 5.2 percent in December, its lowest reading since April 2021, but above its pre-COVID levels. The median expected change in non-essential spending also declined from 1.8 percent in August to 1.7 percent in December.
  • The average reported likelihood of making a large purchase over the next four months increased for home appliances and electronics, but decreased for furniture, home repairs, vacations, vehicles, and homes.

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The SCE Household Spending Survey is fielded every four months as a rotating module of the Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE). The data are updated online as results come in, and an annual New York Fed press release, issued following the December survey, highlights notable changes and trends.

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