NEW YORK Soft housing prices drove down the Deloitte consumer spending index for the month of October, Deloitte said Wednesday.
The index, which is comprised of four components — tax burden, initial unemployment claims, real wages and real home prices — fell to 4.63%, from an upwardly revised gain of 4.84% a month ago.
But Deloitte said that the drop is no reason to give up hope on the holiday season.
"Despite the index's recent weakness, there are signs that consumers are starting to shake off their long-term austerity in time for the holiday season," said Alison Paul, vice chairman and retail sector leader at Deloitte. "Recognizing there is still fierce competition for consumers' wallets this season, retailers should be ready to capture the consumer's interest with renewed focus on their exclusive items, personalized service, and targeted promotions."