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Comerica Economic Weekly

Solid U.S. economic data this week adds to our confidence that Q2 GDP growth will rebound from the weak first quarter. May payroll job growth came in slightly-better-than expected at +217,000. The May jobs numbers are a double shot-in-the-arm for … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

This analysis covers this week’s U.S. economic data through Thursday, May 29. We are not including Friday’s release of April income and spending data. The most eye-catching data event of the week was the widely anticipated downward revision to 2014Q1 … Continue reading

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Home sales and Fed chatter dominated this week’s U.S. economic scene. Housing markets look like they are going in the right direction after a winter stall. April new home sales increased by 6.4 percent to reach a 433,000 unit rate … Continue reading

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U.S. economic data were mixed this week, but remain consistent with an improvement in Q2 GDP growth after an anemic Q1 reading of 0.1 percent (that looks to be revised down to a small negative). Inflation metrics warmed up in … Continue reading

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It was a fairly light week for U.S. economic data, with nothing to counter expectations for improving economic performance in the current second quarter. In her testimony this week before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, Federal Open Market Committee … Continue reading

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It was a very interesting week for U.S. economic data, a Dickensian tale of two data streams. For employment it was the best of times. For GDP, it was the worst of times (relatively speaking). Likewise, we have a spring … Continue reading

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There was good news in this week’s data stream, and a significant warning flag. The warning flag came in the form of much-weaker-than expected new home sales for March. New home sales for March fell sharply, down 14.5 percent, to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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