Consumer spending

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Consumer spending, consumption, or consumption expenditure is when people buy goods and services. It is the biggest part of aggregate demand in macroeconomics. There are two parts of consumer spending: induced consumption (which is changed by the level of income) and autonomous consumption (which is not).

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In the United States, the Consumer Spending figure published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis includes three big categories of personal spending.[1]

  • Durable goods: motor vehicles and parts, furniture and durable household equipment, recreational goods and vehicles, and other durable goods.
  • Nondurable goods: food and drinks bought to consume in a place different from where it was bought, clothes and shoes, gasoline and other energy goods, and other nondurable goods.
  • Services: housing and utilities, healthcare, transportation services, recreation services, food services and accommodations, financial services and insurance, and other services.

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