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November Residential Construction, Industrial Production, December Rig Count

 Home Construction Dips, MF Output Surpasses Pre-Recession Peak November Housing Starts dipped by 1.6 percent to a 1,028,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction fell in November by 5.2 percent to a 1,035,000 unit pace. The Industrial Production … Continue reading

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November Retail Sales, October Inventories, December UI Claims

Autos Set the Pace for Strong Retail Sales November Retail Sales increased by 0.7 percent, boosted by surging auto sales. Ex-auto Retail Sales gained 0.5 percent. Most categories were up. Service station sales dropped. Business Inventories for October were up … Continue reading

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September Retail Sales, Producer Prices, August Inventories

Soft Sales Data Adds Momentum to De-Risking, Stocks Sell-Off, Bond Yields Fall September Retail Sales decreased by 0.3 percent, adding to de-risking momentum in financial markets. Ex-auto Retail Sales decreased by 0.2 percent. Most categories were down. Gasoline prices dropped. … Continue reading

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July Retail Sales, NFIB, June JOLTS

Shoppers Feeling Good, Went on Vacation in July, Sales Soft  Retail Sales for July disappointed, unchanged from June, providing a soft start to Q3 consumer spending. Ex-auto Retail Sales gained just 0.1 percent, pushed by clothing, personal care and food/beverages. … Continue reading

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April Retail Sales, NFIB Survey, March Business Inventories

Sales Soft After March Surge, Business Sentiment Strengthens, Inventories Sag  April Retail Sales were essentially unchanged, gaining 0.1 percent after a strong March. Ex-auto Retail Sales were unchanged for the month, weighed down by electronics and appliances. The National Federation … 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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July Retail Sales, NFIB Survey, June Business Inventories

Headline Sales Modest but Underlying Data Looks Good July Retail Sales increased by just 0.2 percent, as auto sales dipped following a strong June. Ex-auto Retail Sales gained 0.5 percent, boosted by higher gasoline prices. The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism … Continue reading

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May Retail Sales, April Biz Inventories, June UI Claims

Consumer Resilience Is a Wonderful Thing  May Retail Sales increased by 0.6 percent, boosted by stronger auto sales. Ex-auto Retail Sales gained 0.3 percent as gasoline sales dipped slightly. Business Inventories increased by 0.3 percent in April, after a 0.1 … Continue reading

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January Retail Sales, NFIB Survey, December JOLTS

Consumers Off to a Sluggish Start for Q1, Taxes Matter January Retail Sales increased by just 0.1 percent as consumers adjusted to higher taxes. Ex-auto Retail Sales gained 0.2 percent as general merchandise stores gained 1.1 percent. The NFIB Business … Continue reading

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