consumer spending insights summer trends

Consumer Spending Insights: The Tide Turns in Summer Activities 2022

Not surprisingly, recent economic conditions have affected consumer behavior this summer. On one hand, consumers are ramping up travel and spending in the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, inflation, global uncertainty, and the possibility of a recession seem to be causing some consumers to curtail their spending. Looking at de-identified Yodlee spend data, we’ve found some consumer spending trends that may help investors and strategists uncover new opportunities.

Inflation caused big travel purchases to slow

Travel Growth
Yodlee data captures the transaction when it is charged to credit / debit card or bank account which may not coincide with actual travel date

After several years of rock bottom travel spending, many Americans started to imagine and carry out their wanderlust in 2022. That said, for others, rising inflation seems to have caused a change of plan:

  • Airlines bookings declined by 15% in June 2022, after having experienced 30% growth from the start of the year
  • Online travel agency bookings also declined year over year in June
  • While cruise lines were 27% higher in June, growth slowed from May

Car travel has been affected by rising rental prices, low inventory levels, and supply chain challenges

Rental cars and ride sharing have declined YTD as rental prices have increased. In fact, transaction volumes were still 50% below pre pandemic levels, as of June 2022.

rental car transactions
Ride sharing data includes Uber and Lyft
Car rental data includes companies like Avis car rental, Enterprise Rent-a car, Hertz car rental etc.

Many consumers continue to opt for rental accommodations

airbnb spend

Large hotels and resort properties are competing directly with vacation home rental platforms like Airbnb, where consumer spending has more than doubled from March 2020.

Consumers are eating out less, with full-service dining most affected

While both full service and fast food/quick-service restaurants are affected by reduced consumer spending, the decline has been more dramatic at full-service restaurants. Year over year spending declined 13% in June 2022.

A contributing factor is that eating out has become more expensive. The average ticket size was seven percent higher on the whole, as restaurants have increased pricing to cover a myriad of increased costs.

dining yoy spend
This does not include sales through third party delivery services.
Fast food/quick service restaurants included: McDonalds, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, Wendys, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Subway, Burger King, Panera Bread, Dominos Pizza,
Full service restaurants included: Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chilis, Cracker Barrel, IHOP, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse

Movies and live entertainment spending seems to be on an upward trend

While consumers are spending less on activities like full-service dining, in-person entertainment options are still showing strength. In particular, Yodlee data indicates that movie theatres and ticket sales via ticketing apps have experienced significant improvement over the course of 2022.

Ticketing Apps
Analysis includes spend on movie theatres + ticket sales through Ticketmaster, Stubhub etc.

In fact, June 2022 is down just seven percent vs June 2019, indicating a strong outlook as consumers venture out.

Staying home is still a popular way to relax

Streaming services spending has been flat since Q4 2021. That said, market share is shifting with the addition of new entrants, changing viewing behavior, and change in programming mix.

streaming services spend
Disney Plus was launched in 2019 Q4
HBO Max was launched in 2020 Q2, prior to that it was HBO/HBO Now. Peacock TV was launched in 2020 Q2.
Analysis excludes trial transactions.
Yearly/Three year subscriptions revenue for Disney Plus is accounted in quarter when the subscription is taken.


Disney Plus + HBO Max has become a powerful subscription combination.

streaming service growth
Analysis includes users with only monthly subscriptions.
HBO MAX was launched in 2020 Q2, prior to it was HBO /HBO NOW

It will be critical to see how the next few months play out as consumers and investors alike react to changes in inflation and the size of the U.S. economy. Keeping an eye on consumer spending habits, such as where Americans prioritize their spending, empowers decision makers to uncover trends early, identify business drivers, and spot opportunities. Learn more about how consumer insights may help your business here.

About Envestnet | Yodlee Merchant, Retail, Shopper, and Spend Insights

Envestnet | Yodlee Merchant, Retail, Shopper and Spend Insights utilize de-identified transaction data from a diverse and dynamic set of data from millions of accounts to identify patterns and context to inform spending and income trends. The trends reflect analysis and insights from the Envestnet | Yodlee data analysis team. By combining data with intelligence – connecting vast amounts of actual de-identified shopping data with state-of-the-art analytics and machine learning – Envestnet | Yodlee provides visibility into an entire set of shopping daily purchase behavior including, but not limited to, transactions, customer lifetime values, and merchant/retailer shares.

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