Yearly Archives: 2014

Comerica Bank’s California Index Declines in February

Comerica Bank’s California Economic Activity Index declined in February, down 1.1 percentage points to a level of 109.0. February’s reading is 36 points, or 50 percent, above the index cyclical low of 72.7. The index averaged 106 points for all … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index Declines for the Fourth Consecutive Month

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index dipped in February, falling 2.1 percentage points to a level of 123.4. February’s reading is 51 points, or 71 percent, above the index cyclical low of 72.1. The index averaged 126 for all of … Continue reading

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March New and Existing Home Sales

Spring Home Sales Off to a Slow Start  New Home Sales for March fell sharply by 14.5 percent to an annual rate of just 384,000 units. The Months’ Supply of New Homes on the market increased to 6.0 months’ worth … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Texas Index Dipped Again in February

Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index declined 0.4 percentage points in February to a level of 109.7. February’s reading is 38 points, or 53 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.6. The index averaged 105 points for all of … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data continues to show evidence of a spring thaw. Retail sales for March were up a strong 1.1 percent, driven by a snap back in auto sales. Retail sales of autos and parts were up 3.1 percent in … Continue reading

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March Residential Construction, Industrial Production

Starts Up, Production Up and Positive for GDP March Housing Starts were up by 2.8 percent to a 946,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction decreased in March by 2.4 percent to a 990,000 unit pace. Industrial Production … Continue reading

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March Consumer Prices, Retail Sales

Housing and Food Push Consumer Prices Up, Retail Sales Strong  The March Consumer Price Index increased by 0.2 percent, as rents moved up. The March Core CPI also increased by 0.2 percent, and was up 1.7 percent over the past … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data at the start of the second quarter are consistent with an improving economy. Conditions in Europe also appear to be improving, evidenced by the strong demand for the first post-crisis issuance of Greek sovereign debt. However, China … Continue reading

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April 2014, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

It’s a Spring Thaw for the U.S. Economy Recent data for the U.S. economy show a spring thaw in progress after one of the worst winters on record for parts of the upper Midwest. Consumer spending is picking up, companies … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

True to form, March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, at least in terms of economic data. Now we get to see whether or not April is in fact the cruelest month. So far, it … Continue reading

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