Monthly Archives: April 2014

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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March U.S. Employment

Labor Markets Thawing Out, Positive Feedbacks Are Engaging  U.S. Payroll Employment increased by 192,000 jobs in March. January and February were revised up. The Unemployment Rate for March was unchanged at 6.7 percent, with strong gains in the labor force. … Continue reading

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February International Trade, March ISM Non-MF and UI Claims

Trade Likely to Weigh on Q1 GDP, ISM Reports Supportive of March Jobs  The U.S. International Trade Gap widened to -$42.3 billion in February, as exports eased. The March ISM Non-Manufacturing Index increased to 53.1, the jobs sub-index was positive. … Continue reading

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March ADP Employment, ISM MF, Auto Sales, February Construction

Q1 GDP Expected to Be Weak but Other Metrics Thawing Out The ADP Employment Report for March showed a moderate gain of 191,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Manufacturing Index for March increased to 53.7 percent, inventories are a concern. March … Continue reading

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