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Travel and Tourism Spending Decelerated in the First Quarter of 2015

Real spending (output) on travel and tourism decelerated in the first quarter of 2015, increasing at an annual rate of 2.0 percent after increasing 4.9 percent (revised) in the fourth quarter of 2014.  By comparison, real gross domestic product (GDP) turned down, decreasing 0.7 percent (second estimate) in the first quarter after increasing 2.2 percent.

The leading contributors to the deceleration in the first quarter were “all other transportation-related commodities” and “food services and drinking places.” “All other transportation-related commodities” decelerated, increasing 1.9 percent in the first quarter after increasing 13.3 percent in the fourth quarter. “Food services and drinking places” also decelerated, increasing 2.0 percent after increasing 8.9 percent. Partially offsetting these decelerations, “passenger air transportation” turned up, increasing 3.9 percent in the first quarter after decreasing 2.2 percent.

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First Quarter 2015 Travel and Tourism Spending Data to Be Released June 23

Statistics on what Americans and foreigners spent on travel and tourism in the United States in the first quarter of 2015 will be released Tuesday, June 23 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

The statistics, part of BEA’s Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts, provide a breakdown of the various components of travel and tourism spending, including lodging, meals, air travel, and shopping. The statistics will also provide data on employment in the tourism industry.

These statistics, which will be available at 8:30 a.m. eastern time on BEA’s website (www.bea.gov) and by email subscription, can be used for the following purposes:

  • To assess the effects of travel and tourism on the U.S. economy
  • To compare national trends to locally observed trends
  • To examine the relationship among the travel and tourism industries
  • To compare travel and tourism industries to other industries.

State Personal Income: First Quarter 2015

State personal income grew 0.9 percent on average in the first quarter of 2015, after growing 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Personal income grew in 46 states and growth accelerated in 15 of those states. The fastest growth, 1.3 percent, was in Florida. Personal income fell in four states, with the largest decline, 1.2 percent, in Iowa. The national price index for personal consumption expenditures, fell 0.5 percent in the first quarter, after falling 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter.

Personal Income June 22

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