Consumers slowed down their spending in the late summer. However, the lack of spending was made up in September. Consumers boosted their consumption by .6 percent in the month of September. The gain in spending outpaced the growth in income.
The commerce department follows consumer spending closely because it accounts for one third of all economic activity. Researchers attribute the growth to big ticket consumption. Big ticket items include cars, or other big cash items.
Income growth increased to .2 percent, following a .3 percent rise in August. Economics illustrates, the greater the inflow of income the greater the inflow of consumption. The moderate spending in August bolstered savings. In September another growth in earnings attributed to a less thrifty consumer.
Third quarter GDP results were reported earlier in the week. Although GDP grew to 3.7 percent in the July-September quarter, GDP for the year is lower then expectations. Consumer spending which contributes to GDP was up 4.6 during the third quarter. However, the second quarter had anemic growth of 1.6. While GDP is rising is a good thing, the growth is less then analyst expectations. Sup par reports mean sell offs on Wall Street, which despite a few days here and there is what is being observed in the markets.