Credit and debit card data from Bank of America shows continued growth in consumer spending, up 9% year-over-year in May

  • Aggregate Bank of America credit and debit card spending increased by 9% in May1 Year after year; within this, credit card spending increased 16% year over year, while debit card spending increased 4%.
  • Total payment growth across all channels increased by 6% year-over-year in May from sources such as Electronic Payments, Automated Clearing House (ACH), Cards, Billpay, etc., while overall transaction volumes increased by 8% Year after year.
  • Gas spending as a share of total card spending jumped to 7.8% for the weekend May 28, compared to 6.4% in February; low-income consumers ($50,000/year), the average share of gas expenditure rose to 9.5%.
  • Spending per household increases by region, with the South outpacing the rest of the country while the Midwest trails year over year. For example, compared to the 4.3% year-over-year increase in average spending per household in May nationally, Miami spending by residents increased by 6.8% while Chicago resident spending increased per household by 1.4%.

“Our chart data shows continued growth in consumer spending, but inflation is testing household purchasing power,” said David Tinley, senior economist for the Bank of America Institute. “That said, spending on services like travel and entertainment remained strong and households continued to have higher savings than before the pandemic. Overall, we still remain cautiously optimistic for the American consumer.”

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1 Data on card expenditure by household covers the first 28 days of May. Any other reference to the month of May refers to data up to the end of the month.

SOURCE Bank of America Corporation


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