Weekly Wrap: Consumer spending, Spain

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond.

John Carney from CNBC and Catherine Rampell of The New York Times discuss consumer spending and what's going on in Europe this week.

On consumer spending numbers on the increase:

Catherine Rampell: I would say don't hold your breath, for a number of reasons. The weather was unseasonably warm, so that could also have influenced things in that people were more likely to go shopping than stay holed up at home. And besides that, incomes were not up very much. They definitely disappointed. And it's very hard to sustain consumer spending growth if people aren't getting the money to pay for things.

John Carney: I actually think this might be sustainable. Wages are up, and people spend based on how much money they expect to have in the future. If they think they're going to be prosperous, they're willing to part with more of their cash now because they're not sort of hoarding it to save it against getting unemployed in the future, not seeing that raise. So I think there's a new confidence out there and I think we might see continued consumption growth.

For more analysis, listen to the audio above.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country.


I agree to American Public Media's Terms and Conditions.
With Generous Support From...