PCE Price Index Rises

By Staff Writer February 27, 2023 192

From the preceding month, the personal consumption expenditures price index for January increased 0.6 percent, according to estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Prices for goods and services both increased 0.6 percent as well. Food prices increased 0.4 percent and energy prices increased 2.0 percent. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index also increased 0.6 percent.

Personal income increased $131.1 billion (0.6 percent) in January. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $387.4 billion (2.0 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $312.5 billion (1.8 percent). The PCE price index increased 0.6 percent in January. Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index also increased 0.6 percent. Real DPI increased 1.4 percent and Real PCE increased 1.1 percent; goods increased 2.2 percent and services increased 0.6 percent.

The increase in current-dollar personal income in January was led by an increase in compensation, reflecting private wages and salaries in both services-producing industries and goods-producing industries. Government social benefits decreased in January, reflecting a decrease in “other” benefits that was partly offset by an increase in Social Security. The decrease in “other” benefits primarily reflected the expiration of the extended child tax credit (as authorized by the American Rescue Plan) as well as a decline in one-time refundable tax credits issued by states. The increase in Social Security primarily reflected an 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment. The $312.5 billion increase in current-dollar PCE in January reflected increases of $162.2 billion in spending for goods and $150.2 billion in spending for services. Within goods, the increase was widespread and led by motor vehicles and parts as well as “other” nondurable goods (led by pharmaceuticals). Within services, the largest contributor to the increase was spending for food services.

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