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(US) Consumer Spending Pattern

This reminds me a bit of Death and Tax. Below is a visualization of the components that made up the consumer price index. In another word, this is what US Bureau of Labor Statistics take as the proportion of an average US consumer’s spending. The colour represents year-on-year change of proportion of that item in the overall basket, compared to 1 year ago.

component of CPI

The first thing that jump out is the increase in gasoline expense, and the drop in spending on new cars/trucks.

Follow the link for the original, interactive graphics.

Source: New York Times

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