Monthly Archives: December 2011

Comerica Economic Weekly

Economic data at year-end 2011 provided a measured dose of holiday cheer. November personal income and consumer spending numbers were softer than expected as income increased by only 0.1 percent for the month. Inflation took the month off as the … Continue reading

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November Income and Spending, Durable Goods, New Home Sales

Income/Spending Tepid in November, Commercial Aircraft Lifts Manufacturing U.S. Personal Income increased by 0.1 percent in November as wage income slipped by 0.1 percent. After inflation and taxes, Real Disposable Income was unchanged in November… bah humbug. Personal Consumption Expenditures … Continue reading

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Q3 GDP Revised, Nov. Leading Indicators, Dec. Consumer Sentiment and UI Claims

Labor Data Shines, Sentiment Warming Up, Indicators Aglow Real Gross Domestic Product growth for the third quarter was revised down to a 1.8 percent rate. Corporate Profits for Q3 climbed by $32.5 billion, solid but below the Q2 profit gain … Continue reading

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California Economy Flat in October

Comerica Bank’s California Economic Activity Index was flat in October, at a level of 100.  October’s reading is six percent above the index cyclical low of 94.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 102, two points below the 104 average for … Continue reading

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November Existing Home Sales, Housing Starts

It’s Alive! …Barely, Housing Takes a Small Step Out of the Basement Existing Home Sales for November increased by 4.0 percent, up to a 4.42 million unit sales rate. The Median Sales Prices for an existing home was down 3.5 … Continue reading

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Michigan Economy Flat in October

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index was flat in October, at a level of 88.  The October index level is 17 points, or 24 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 87 points, two … Continue reading

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Texas Economy Unchanged in October

Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index was flat in October, unchanged at a level of 99. October’s reading is 16 points, or 19 percent, above the index cyclical low of 83.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 97, eight percent above … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

 U.S. economic data at the end of 2011 shows an economy that is getting steadier after a shaky journey through most of the year. The Producer Price Index and Consumer Price Index for November show that price pressure, largely from … Continue reading

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November Consumer Price Index

 Benign Inflation Reports Add to Better Economic News The November Consumer Price Index was unchanged for the month, and up 3.4 percent over the year. The core CPI gained 0.2 percent in November, and is up 2.2 percent over the … Continue reading

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Nov. Industrial Production, Producer Prices, Dec. UI Claims

Production Sagged in November, But Labor Data is Looking Good Industrial Production for November dipped by 0.2 percent after gaining 0.7 percent in October. The Producer Price Index for November increased by 0.3 percent, cooked up by food prices. The … Continue reading

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