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U.S. consumer spending near nine-year high in June

Staff Writer |
Americans' daily self-reports of spending averaged $103 in June, similar to their average of $104 in May.

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Last month represents the highest level of reported June spending since 2008, when spending averaged $104. It falls just short of the nine-year high of $114, from May 2008.

The June average is based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking throughout the month.

Gallup asks Americans each night to report how much they spent the previous day, excluding spending on normal household bills and major purchases such as a home or car. The measure gives an indication of discretionary spending.

Americans' reported daily spending has averaged $100 or more since February - the longest stretch of triple-digit spending averages Gallup has recorded in its trend dating to 2008.

The stability in Gallup's May-to-June spending figures is consistent with the trend over the past decade. June spending has generally been flat or dipped slightly. Larger changes, both of which were decreases, occurred in only two years - 2008 and 2014.

Spending in July is likely to hold at its current level, because in most years over the past decade, Gallup has recorded figures for July that were within $3 of June's average.

Last year was an exception, though, as spending increased by $12 in July 2016.

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