PCE Price Index Up 0.3% in Feb, in Line with Expectations
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PCE Price Index Up 0.3% in Feb, in Line with Expectations

Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) saw a significant 0.8 percent increase, driven by growth in both the service and goods sectors.
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The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported a 0.3 percent increase in personal income for February, amounting to a $66.5 billion rise from the previous month. Disposable personal income (DPI) also saw a 0.2 percent increase, equating to a $50.3 billion uptick.

The primary drivers of the personal income growth were increases in compensation and personal current transfer receipts, which were partially offset by a decrease in personal income receipts on assets.

Personal Consumption Expenditures Increase 0.8% in February

Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) increased by 0.8 percent in February, to $145.5 billion, up from the previous month. The service sector accounted for a substantial portion of this growth, with spending increasing by $111.8 billion.

Financial services, insurance, transportation services, housing, and utilities were the primary contributors to this increase. Goods spending also saw a notable rise of $33.7 billion, primarily driven by increased spending on motor vehicles and parts.

Personal outlays, encompassing PCE, personal interest payments, and personal current transfer payments, grew by $149.9 billion in February. Despite this increase in spending, personal savings remained at $745.7 billion, with a personal saving rate of 3.6 percent

PCE Price Index Up 0.3% in February

The PCE price index, a measure of inflation, rose by 0.3 percent from the previous month, with goods prices increasing by 0.5 percent and services prices by 0.3 percent. The PCE price index still showed a 0.3 percent increase when excluding food and energy.

Real PCE, which adjusts for inflation, grew by 0.4 percent in February. This growth was primarily driven by a 0.6 percent increase in spending on services, with international travel, transportation services, and financial services and insurance being the main contributors.

Spending on goods saw a more modest 0.1 percent increase, largely due to increased spending on motor vehicles and parts.

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