U.S. Consumer Spending Report: June 2022

Report summary

Elevated inflation remains top of mind for the U.S. consumer, with rising prices for a multitude of goods and services exerting a growing influence on households’ balance sheets, current spending and future purchasing intentions.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. adults are increasingly having to dip into savings or fund purchases with credit. Average reported monthly spending grew 6.5% year over year in May, while average earnings growth slowed to 5.2%.
  • Rising costs for essentials and robust demand for services is re-shaping spending priorities.
  • Future purchasing intentions, especially for housing and autos, are deteriorating.

About the authors

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Kayla Bruun
Senior Economist

Kayla Bruun is a senior economist at decision intelligence company Morning Consult, where she analyzes consumer spending, inflation and household finance trends, leveraging the company’s proprietary high-frequency data.

Prior to joining Morning Consult, Kayla was a key member of the corporate strategy team at telecommunications company SES, where she produced market intelligence and industry analysis of mobility markets. 

Kayla also served as an economist at IHS Markit, where she covered global services industries, provided price forecasts, produced written analyses and served as a subject-matter expert on client-facing consulting projects. 

Kayla earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University and an MBA with a certificate in nonmarket strategy from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Follow her on Twitter @KaylaBruun. For speaking opportunities and booking requests, please email [email protected]

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Scott Brave
Head of Economic Analytics

Scott Brave previously worked at Morning Consult in economic analysis.