As the cost of living rises, Americans are likely to dip into their savings to weather the storm
Key insights about US consumers from Deloitte’s State of the Consumer Tracker
Inflation rose to 9% in June from 8.6% in May, demonstrating that inflation has likely yet to peak. This unabated surge in inflation is likely deteriorating consumers’ purchasing power, with real weekly earnings down 5.6% since end-2020 despite a 6.6% rise in nominal earnings. Consequently, these events have dented consumer spending intentions. The share of Americans delaying large purchases is rising (figure 1). Planned discretionary spending, too, is on a decline (figure 2).
The rising cost of living has also emerged as a factor in concerns about savings, with the share of Americans worried about their current savings nearly doubling since March 2021 to 61% (figure 3). And although the overall percentage of those concerned about upcoming payments has remained relatively stable, the figure is gradually rising for lower-income consumers (figure 4). That is hardly surprising, given inflation tends to hit low-income individuals harder than others.
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Anthony is a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and serves as Vice Chair and Deloitte US Consumer Industry leader. Previously, he led our Advisory Consumer industry and Finance Transformation practices and was a member of Deloitte’s cross-business Finance Transformation leadership team. With nearly 30 years providing services to multinational clients in the consumer products, transportation, hospitality, retail and distribution sectors, he focuses on assisting clients with transformational initiatives involving the development and/or evaluation of finance operations and programs designed to improve financial integrity, compliance and operational effectiveness and efficiency. Anthony also serves as a lead business partner and advisory partner for a select group of strategic global consumer clients. He’s a thought leader and has co-authored several pieces on consumer trends and marketplace shifts, as well as, the evolving role of the corporate controller. Across Deloitte, he is known for teaming & inclusiveness, driving collaboration in industry transformation efforts, and leading Finance Transformation integrated market offerings.
Steve is the managing director of Deloitte's Consumer Industry Center, Deloitte Services LP. He leads a team that conducts research to uncover new ways of thinking, working, and leading within the consumer industry through data and evidence driven analysis. With more than 20 years of experience within consulting and high tech, Steve is especially interested in the intersection of technology, consumers, and business. He is focused on how industry leaders can deliver better results and the strategies organizations use to adapt to accelerating change.