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Americans are slashing their spending, hoarding cash and shrinking their credit card debt as they fear their jobs could disappear during the coronavirus pandemic.
US credit card debt suddenly reversed course in March and fell by the largest percentage in more than 30 years. At the same time, savings rates climbed to levels unseen since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.
The dramatic shifts in consumer behavior reflect the unprecedented turmoil in the US economy caused by the pandemic. Although caution is a logical response to that uncertainty, hunkering down also poses a risk to the recovery in an economy dominated by consumer spending. A so-called V-shaped recovery can't happen if consumers are sitting on the sidelines.

Американцы перестали покупать всякую муйню. И это не значит, что просто денег не стало из за злобных карантинщиков. Отнюдь. Деньги ЕСТЬ (привет "сейчас все заголодают и поднимут вас масочников-белок-истеричек на вилы"), просто люди опасаются потрясений и посему деньги откладывают, чего не делали с 80-х. А это значит, что американская "нефть" вдруг стала по отрицательной цене!!! Американская нефть - это потребители. Если люди не тратят деньги на айфоны, теслы и прочий хайп, особенно если они не могут это осилить, экономика страдает. Самое жуткое, что кредитные карты вместо увелечения долга стали сокращать долги.

На этом фоне происходит ценовая шизофрения. С одной стороны падаюти цены в дефляционную спираль
US consumer prices declined for the second-straight month in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday. Prices fell by 0.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis in April, marking the largest drop since December 2008.
That's an alarming drop, dragged down primarily by falling gasoline and energy prices. But excluding volatile food and energy, prices still fell by 0.4%. That's the largest monthly decline in the so-called core consumer price index since the BLS began tracking the data in 1957.
Falling prices might sound like a good thing, but economists agree that deflation -- the opposite of inflation -- would be very bad news.
Even though tumbling energy prices made up the majority of falling prices in last month, it wasn't the only area where prices dropped.
Prices for apparel, car insurance, airline fares and lodging away from home helped drag the overall index down as demand for these goods and services disappeared.
As most of America continues to be under some degree of lockdown restrictions, the amount of spending on vacations and many discretionary items has gone down. Economists worry this kind of spending might take time to recover as consumer remain cautious even after the restrictions lift.

А с другой стороны цены на продукты очень даже растут, причем вполне на уровне обычного Российского роста цен на продовольствие
Prices are falling across just about every category: Apparel, hotels, cars, car insurance, and airfare fell through the floor as people stayed home. Everyone knows gas prices are way cheaper.
But American grocery store price tags are soaring. Overall, the price of groceries grew 2.6%, including seasonal adjustments, in April. That was the biggest increase from one month to the next since 1974, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Prices at the supermarket are rising sharply because coronavirus has disrupted the food supply chain: When restaurants shut down, Americans started cooking at home, and demand for groceries shot up. But food producers and farmers didn't have the ability to quickly shift their food deliveries to grocery stores. Supply chains are super-complex beasts.
Tags: Америка, экономика, эпидемия

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