[Excerpt] Consumer units spent $36,995 on average in 1999, an increase of 4.1 percent over the previous year. This was the largest increase since a 4.8-percent advance was posted in 1996. Spending had risen 2.1 percent in 1998 and 3 percent in 1997. The change in expenditures in 1999 was larger than the 2.2-percent annual average rise in general price levels over the year, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This report shows the latest results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey.