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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data from the end of February are consistent with an economy that expanded through the winter, but at a slower rate than we saw through the middle of last year. Fourth quarter real GDP growth was revised down … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

The short week produced mixed U.S. data. Signs continue to point to a weak, but positive, GDP reading for the first quarter of 2015. Even though the GDP data is seasonally adjusted, we have had a spate of weak Q1 … 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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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was a light week for U.S. data, dominated by a weak retail sales report. Retail sales this winter sagged under the weight of falling gasoline prices, but that is not all to the story. Even non-gasoline sales have been … Continue reading

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February 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

A consistent clear positive signal for the U.S. economy is coming from job growth. Payrolls in January registered a stronger-than-expected 257,000 net new jobs. The already strong November and December jobs numbers were revised up to a robust 423,000 and … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data released in the first week of February was mixed, but capped by a strong jobs report. Payroll job growth in January registered a stronger-than-expected 257,000 jobs. The unemployment rate ticked up inconsequentially to 5.7 percent in January. … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

It was an important week for monetary policy, with the Federal Open Market Committee issuing a policy statement on Wednesday afternoon. The FOMC statement of January 28 reaffirmed our expectations set by the Fed’s December communications. The Fed maintained its … Continue reading

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January 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

U.S. Economy Set for Growth in 2015, Shifting Regional Patterns U.S. economic data at year-end 2014 was strong and we expect that momentum to carry over into 2015. In December, 252,000 payroll jobs were added, and the already strong October … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

We approach the end of the year with the price of oil, the health of the Russian economy and the Federal Reserve as hot topics this week. WTI crude oil traded in a range of about $54 to $58 per … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

The economic discussion this week was focused on the price of oil. At this writing the NYMEX price for WTI is listed at $57.96 per barrel, well below the 52-week high of $102.53 from last June 25th. The national average … Continue reading

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