Average Consumer Price Index for apparel expenditure in the U.S. 2009-2018

The statistic depicts the average expenditure for apparel in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) from 2009 to 2018, by segment. In 2018, the Consumer Price Index for infants' and toddlers' apparel was 120.32, under the average for apparel, but still higher than all other segments but footwear.

The price of apparel is of prime importance to consumers. In a survey of holiday shoppers in 2017, 50 percent of consumers stated that they would be waiting for Black Friday deals in order to purchase apparel.

Interestingly, spending by men on their top apparel category, "shirts, sweaters, and vests" was nearly half of women's annual expenditure in the same category in 2018.

Average Consumer Price Index for apparel expenditure in the U.S. from 2009 to 2018, by segment

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Source

Release date

February 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) The CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which covers households of wage earners and clerical workers that comprise approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the total population and include, in addition to wage earner and clerical worker households, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.

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