Daily self-reports of spending averaged $91 in April, up from $86 in March but down from several monthly averages in 2014.
This was the highest April average since Gallup Daily tracking began in 2008. Spending in April is up $5 from the March average and is higher than the $88 daily average for last April.
The April increase is the largest month-to-month increase since November 2014. March saw an increase of $4.
Spending has historically increased in the spring, particularly in May. The increase this April is a departure from the past few years, when April spending was similar to March spending. Still, from a broader perspective, the trend over the past two years is mixed, without the clear upward trajectory measured in 2012 and 2013.
Average reported spending increased slightly in April among middle- and lower-income Americans, reaching $77 among this group with annual household incomes that are less than $90,000.
Spending increased more sharply among the smaller number of upper-income Americans – those with household incomes of $90,000 or more a year – jumping $16 to $160 in April.