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Personal Income increased 0.5% in March; Spending increased 1.1%

The BEA released the Personal Income and Outlays report for March:
Personal income increased $107.2 billion (0.5 percent) in March, according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $89.7 billion (0.5 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $185.0 billion (1.1 percent).

Real DPI decreased 0.4 percent in March and Real PCE increased 0.2 percent; goods decreased 0.5 percent and services increased 0.6 percent. The PCE price index increased 0.9 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.3 percent
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The March PCE price index increased 6.6 percent year-over-year and the PCE price index, excluding food and energy, increased 5.2 percent year-over-year.

The following graph shows real Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) through March 2022 (2012 dollars). Note that the y-axis doesn’t start at zero to better show the change.

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The dashed red lines are the quarterly levels for real PCE.

Personal income was slightly above expectations, and the increase in PCE was above expectations.

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