People shop along Broadway in Manhattan on January 26, 2018 in New York City. The Commerce Department said on Friday that the economy grew solidly for a third straight quarter late last year on strong consumer spending and business investment. The nation's gross domestic product increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6%.
Americans are simply not saving as much, the Commerce Department says — a sign economic growth could slow.
Savings fell to $351.5 billion in December 2017, and that is the lowest it has been in 10 years.
The Commerce Department said last week consumer spending has increased, however. It accelerated at a 2.5 percent seasonally adjusted rate in the October-December 2017 period.
That is the fastest acceleration in three years.
U.S. incomes rose 0.4 percent in December, the Commerce Department said.