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Comerica Economic Weekly

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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Yellen Testimony, Q1 Productivity, April ISM-NMF, March Trade

No Surprises from Yellen Testimony, Eyes on Housing  FOMC Chairwoman Janet Yellen delivered reassuring testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. U.S. Nonfarm Productivity declined at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2014. Unit Labor Costs increased … Continue reading

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May 2014, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

After a Rough Start, 2014 Is Gaining Momentum; The New 2004 U.S. GDP for 2014 stumbled out of the starting blocks in the first quarter. This will keep GDP growth in the moderate range for this year despite signs of … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

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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April U.S. Employment, Auto Sales

Upside Surprise as Job Growth Hits 288K, U Rate Down to 6.3 Percent The April Payroll Employment Survey showed a much better-than-expected gain of 288,000 jobs. The Unemployment Rate for April fell to 6.3 percent, but not for good reasons. … Continue reading

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April ISM Manufacturing, FOMC, March Construction, Income/Spending

Grab Bag of Data Consistent with Ongoing Expansion  The ISM Manufacturing Index for April increased to a solid 54.9 percent, boosted by employment. The Federal Reserve tapered asset purchases as expected. No change to the fed funds rate. March Construction … Continue reading

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2014Q1 GDP, April ADP Jobs, February House prices

As Expected, First Quarter GDP Clunker, Second Quarter Metrics Solid Real Gross Domestic Product growth was barely positive at a 0.1 percent annualized rate. The ADP Employment Report for April showed a solid gain of 220,000 private-sector jobs for the … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

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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March New and Existing Home Sales

Spring Home Sales Off to a Slow Start  New Home Sales for March fell sharply by 14.5 percent to an annual rate of just 384,000 units. The Months’ Supply of New Homes on the market increased to 6.0 months’ worth … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

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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