NEW YORK The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index fell to 4.45%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.63% a month ago. According to the company, the Index experienced its third straight month of decline in July, due in large part to weakness in the housing market.
"American households continue to be cautious about spending while economic growth continues to be uneven," said Alison Paul, vice chairman and Deloitte's retail leader in the United States. "At the same time, consumers economized over the past two years and likely have pent up demand for goods they have foregone. Retailers should consider strategies to stay nimble amid shifts in consumer behavior in the months ahead. Customer data and business analytics may be particularly valuable for retailers to hone pricing, merchandise and promotions that attract their target consumers."