Category Archives: United States

Comerica Economic Weekly

The pushes and pulls on the U.S. economy are coming from multiple directions, adding to a sense of uncertainty that threatens to paralyze policy makers. Among the negatives are a stronger dollar and weakening oil patch, both headwinds for U.S. … Continue reading

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March Home Sales, April UI Claims

New Home Sales Reset in March, but Trend Looks Good New Home Sales for March decreased by 11.4 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units. March Existing Home Sales increased by 6.1 percent, to a 5,190,000 unit annual rate. … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

We saw more mixed data this week and a growing consensus that the Fed will not lift interest rates in June. After a three-month decline, retail sales increased by 0.9 percent in February, driven by retail sales of autos which … Continue reading

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March Consumer Prices, Leading Indicators

Inflation Metrics Firming Up With $50 Oil The March Consumer Price Index increased by 0.2 percent with gains in energy prices. The March Core CPI also gained2 percent, and was up 1.8 percent over the previous 12 months. The Conference … Continue reading

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March Residential Construction, Industrial Production, April UI Claims

Housing Starts Washed Out, Builder Confidence Sunny March Housing Starts increased by 2.0 percent to a 926,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction decreased in March by 5.7 percent to a 1,039,000 unit pace. The National Association of … Continue reading

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March Retail Sales, Producer Prices, NFIB, February Inventories

Cars Drive Sales, Wholesale Prices Lift as Oil Stabilizes March Retail Sales climbed by 0.9 percent as auto sales gained 2.7 percent. Ex-auto Retail Sales increased by 0.4 percent. The Producer Price Index for final demand increased by 0.2 percent … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was a light week for U.S. economic data, but three data releases all reinforced our view that the weaker-than-expected March jobs report, with just 126,000 net new jobs added, was a normal abnormality, and does not represent the start … Continue reading

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April 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

If Punxsutawney Phil was an economist instead of a groundhog, he would have said on February 2, “six more weeks of soft data.” It was a bad winter for much of the country, and like the cold weather, soft economic … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

This week’s U.S. data releases were mixed. Good news came from auto sales and unemployment insurance claims. Bad news came from a weaker-than-expected March jobs report. In March, just 126,000 net new payroll jobs were added to the U.S. economy, … Continue reading

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March U.S. Employment

Meek March Brings Jobs Data Back to Earth The March Payroll Employment Survey showed a weaker-than-expected gain of 126,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for March was steady at 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees dipped to 34.5 … Continue reading

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