U.S. consumer spending recorded its biggest increase in four months in April and monthly inflation rebounded, pointing to firming domestic demand early in the second quarter that could allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.
The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, increased 0.4 percent last month after an upwardly revised 0.3 percent gain in March.
April’s increase was the biggest since December and could ease concerns about second-quarter economic growth after weak reports on core capital goods orders, the goods trade deficit and inventory investment in April.
Last month’s increase was in line with economists’ expectations. Consumer spending was previously reported to have been unchanged in March.
When adjusted for inflation, consumer spending rose 0.2 percent last month after advancing 0.5 percent in March.
Consumer spending grew at its slowest pace in more than