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February Retail Sales, January Inventories, March UI Claims

Sales Disappoint Again, Weather Blamed, Gasoline Prices Up February Retail Sales fell by 0.6 percent; down for the third consecutive month. Ex-auto Retail Sales decreased by 0.1 percent even as gasoline sales increased. Business Inventories for January were unchanged for … Continue reading

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February U.S. Employment, January International Trade

Despite Bad Weather, Another Strong Month for Job Growth The February Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 295,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for February fell to 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at … Continue reading

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February ISM Manufacturing, January Income and Construction Spending

Manufacturing Sector Still Expanding but Headwinds are Increasing The ISM Manufacturing Index for February decreased again to a still-positive 52.9 percent. January Personal Income increased by 0.3 percent for the second month in a row. January Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased … Continue reading

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January Residential Construction, Producer Prices, Industrial Production

Home Construction Snowed In, Producer Prices Falling, Production Warmed Up January Housing Starts fell by 2.0 percent to a 1,065,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction dipped in January by 0.7 percent to a 1,053,000 unit pace. The … Continue reading

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January Retail Sales, December Inventories, February UI Claims

Job Gains and Cheap Gasoline Were Not Enough to Spur Sales January Retail Sales decreased by 0.8 percent, as non-gasoline categories slumped. Ex-auto Retail Sales fell by 0.9 percent. Business Inventories for December were up by 0.1 percent. Initial Claims … Continue reading

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January 2015 U.S. Employment

U.S. Jobs Machine in High Gear The January Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 257,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for January ticked up to 5.7 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at 34.6 hours. … Continue reading

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January ADP Employment, ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, Auto Sales, Rig Count

January Numbers Point to Ongoing Momentum While Oil Patch Consolidates The January ADP Employment Report showed an increase of 213,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for December increased to a still-positive 56.7. Light Vehicle Sales for January eased to … Continue reading

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January ISM Manufacturing, December Income and Construction Spending

Manufacturing Sector Still Expanding but West Coast Docks Problematic The ISM Manufacturing Index for January decreased to a still-positive 53.5 percent. December Personal Income increased by 0.3 percent with little help from wages and salaries. December Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased … Continue reading

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2014Q4 GDP, January UI Claims

Fourth Quarter Real GDP Growth Eased to 2.6 Percent Real Gross Domestic Product growth for 2014Q4 eased to 2.6 percent after 5 percent growth in Q3. Inventories were stronger than expected, setting the stage for weaker gains in 2015Q1. Real … Continue reading

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January Consumer Confidence, December Home Sales, Durable Goods, November House Prices

Mostly Positive Data for FOMC to Ponder, Policy Announcement Due Tomorrow New Home Sales for December increased by 11.6 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units. December Existing Home Sales gained4 percent, to a 5,040,000 unit annual rate. New … Continue reading

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