Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

January Retail Sales, Import Prices, December Inventories

Sales So-So, Prices Pick Up, Inventories Increase, On Track for Modest Growth Retail Sales for January increased by 0.4 percent. Ex-auto Retail Sales increased by 0.7 percent. Retail Sales of motor vehicles and parts dropped by 1.1 percent, even as … Continue reading

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Auto Affordability Improves in Fourth Quarter 2011

The purchase and financing of an average-priced new vehicle took 23.1 weeks of median family income in the fourth quarter of 2011, the best affordability reading since the third quarter of 2009. Consumers on average spent $1,050 less (a decrease … Continue reading

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