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New Residential Sales

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 09:00
Sales of new single-family houses in June 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000. This is 0.8 percent (+/- 12.1%)* above the revised May 2017 estimate of 605,000.


June 2017: +0.8* % change
May 2017 (r): +4.9* % change

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New Residential Construction

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 07:30
Privately-owned housing starts in June 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,215,000. This is 8.3 percent (+/- 15.8%)* above the revised May 2017 estimate of 1,122,000.


June 2017: +8.3* % change
May 2017 (r): -2.8* % change

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Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:00
U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for May 2017 were $1,859.7 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,350.2 billion, down 0.2 percent (+/- 0.2 percent)* from last month.


May 2017: +0.3 % change in Inventories
April 2017 (r): -0.2 % change in Inventories

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Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 07:30
U.S. retail and food services sales for June were $473.5 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent (+/-0.5%)* from the previous month.


June 2017: -0.2* % change
May 2017 (r): -0.1* % change

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Monthly Wholesale Trade

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:00
May 2017 sales of merchant wholesalers were $460.8 billion, down 0.5 percent (+/- 0.7 percent)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $593.9 billion, up 0.4 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.


May 2017: +0.4* % change in Inventories
April 2017 (r): -0.4 % change in Inventories

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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 07:30
The nation's international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $46.5 billion in May from $47.6 billion in April (revised), as exports increased and imports decreased.


May 2017: 46.5° $ billion
April 2017 (r): 47.6° $ billion

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Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 09:00
New orders for manufactured goods in May decreased $3.7 billion or 0.8 percent to $464.9 billion.


May 2017: -0.8° % change
April 2017 (r): -0.3° % change

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Construction Spending

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 09:00
Total construction activity for May 2017 ($1,230.1 billion) was nearly the same as (+/-2.5 percent)* the revised April 2017 ($1,230.4 billion).


May 2017: 0.0* % change
April 2017 (r): -0.7* % change

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Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:30
May 2017 end-of-month inventories were $617.4 billion, up 0.6 percent (+/- 0.2%) from last month.


May 2017: +0.6 % change in Inventories
April 2017 (r): -0.2* % change in Inventories

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Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:30
May end-of-month inventories were $593.4 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.


May 2017: +0.3* % change in Inventories
April 2017 (r): -0.4 % change in Inventories

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Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:30
The advance international trade deficit in goods decreased to $65.9 billion in May from $67.1 billion in April as exports increased and imports decreased.


May 2017: 65.9° $ billion
April 2017: 67.1° $ billion

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Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:30
New orders for manufactured durable goods in May decreased $2.5 billion or 1.1 percent to $228.2 billion.


May 2017: -1.1° % change
April 2017 (r): -0.9° % change

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Quarterly Services Survey

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:05
The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the first quarter of 2017, not adjusted for seasonal variation or for price changes, was $3,569.6 billion, a decrease of 1.3 percent (+/- 0.6%) from the fourth quarter of 2016 and up 6.3 percent (+/- 0.6%) from the first quarter of 2016.


1st Qtr 2017: -1.3 % change
4th Qtr 2016: +2.4 % change

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Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:00
Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $21.7 billion for the first quarter 2017 (the 3 months ending April 30, 2017), down $6.6 (+/- 0.1) billion from fourth quarter 2016 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2017).


1st Qtr 2017: -6.6 $ billion
4th Qtr 2016 (r): +5.3 $ billion

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Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 09:00
Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $146.5 billion for the first quarter of 2017, up $3.5 (+/- 0.8) billion from fourth quarter of 2016.


1st Qtr 2017: +3.5 $ billion
4th Qtr 2016 (r): -7.3 $ billion

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Rental Vacancy Rate

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:00

The rental vacancy rate in the first quarter 2017, 7.0 percent, was virtually unchanged from the first quarter 2016 rate. The rental vacancy rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West were not statistically different from the rates in the first quarter 2016.


1st Qtr 2017: +7.0* percent
1st Qtr 2016: +7.0 percent

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Homeownership Rate

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:00

The homeownership rate in the first quarter 2017, 63.6 percent, was not statistically different from the first quarter 2016 rate of 63.5 percent. The homeownership rate in the Midwest was lower than the first quarter 2016 rate, while the rates in the Northeast, South and West were not statistically different from the rates in the first quarter 2016.


1st Qtr 2017: +63.6* percent
1st Qtr 2016: +63.5 percent

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