Consumer Spending Index falls in May

Americans appear to have reverted back to their recessionary purchasing habits, reducing their spending and focusing more on saving, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Spending Index.

The Index, which is developed by measuring tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices, dropped to 2.66 percent in May, from the 3.29 percent recorded a month earlier.

"The labor market indicators are the primary cause of weakness in the Index, however the economy is up against other temporary headwinds that suggest weak growth may persist in the near term," said Carl Steidtmann, the chief economist at Deloitte.

Steidtmann said rising inflation and unemployment were two factors discouraging Americans from increasing spending.

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