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Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:30
April 2017 end-of-month inventories were $613.5 billion, down 0.3 percent (+/- 0.2%) from last month.


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

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Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:30
April end-of-month inventories were $592.0 billion, down 0.3 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.


April 2017: -0.3* % change in Inventories
March 2017 (r): +0.1* % change in Inventories

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Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:30
The advance international trade deficit in goods increased to $67.6 billion in April from $65.1 billion in March as exports decreased and imports increased.


April 2017: 67.6° $ billion
March 2017: 65.1° $ billion

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New Residential Sales

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00
Sales of new single-family houses in April 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000. This is 11.4 percent (+/- 10.5%) below the revised March 2017 estimate of 642,000.


April 2017: -11.4 % change
March 2017 (r): +5.8* % change

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Quarterly Services Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 09:00
Advance Report:

The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the first calendar quarter of 2017, not adjusted for seasonal variation, or for price changes, was $3,572.0 billion, a decrease of 1.2 percent (+/- 0.6%) from the fourth quarter of 2016 and up 6.4 percent (+/- 0.4%) from the first quarter of 2016. The third quarter of 2016 to fourth quarter of 2016 percentage change was revised from the preliminary 2.3 percent (+/- 0.2%) to 2.4 percent (+/- 0.4%).


1st Qtr 2017: -1.2 % change
4th Qtr 2016 (r): +2.4 % change

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Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:08
New orders for manufactured goods in March increased $0.8 billion or 0.2 percent to $478.2 billion.


March 2017: +0.2° % change
February 2017 (r): +1.2° % change

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New Residential Construction

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 07:30
Privately-owned housing starts in April 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,172,000. This is 2.6 percent (+/- 8.8%)* below the revised March 2017 estimate of 1,203,000.


April 2017: -2.6* % change
March 2017 (r): -6.6* % change

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Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:00
U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for March 2017 were $1,840.8 billion, up 0.2 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,361.0 billion, virtually unchanged (+/-0.1 percent)* from last month.


March 2017: +0.2 % change in Inventories
February 2017 (r): +0.2 % change in Inventories

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Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 07:30
U.S. retail and food services sales for April were $474.9 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent (+/-0.5%)* from the previous month.


April 2017: +0.4* % change
March 2017 (r): +0.1* % change

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Monthly Wholesale Trade

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:00
March 2017 sales of merchant wholesalers were $465.5 billion, virtually unchanged (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $594.6 billion, up 0.2 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.


March 2017: +0.2* % change in Inventories
February 2017 (r): +0.3 % change in Inventories

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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:30
The Nation's international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $43.7 billion in March from $43.8 billion in February(revised), as imports decreased more than exports.


March 2017: 43.7° $ billion
February 2017 (r): 43.8° $ billion

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Construction Spending

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:09
Total construction activity for March 2017 ($1,218.3 billion) was 0.2 percent (+/-2.1%)* below the revised February 2017 ($1,220.7 billion).


March 2017: -0.2* % change
February 2017 (r): +1.8* % change

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

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:30
New orders for manufactured durable goods in March increased $1.6 billion or 0.7 percent to $238.7 billion.


March 2017: +0.7° % change
February 2017 (r): +2.3° % change

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Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:18
Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $28.3 billion for the fourth quarter 2016 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2017), up $5.4 (+/- 0.3) billion from third quarter 2016 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2016).


4th Qtr 2016: +5.4 $ billion
3rd Qtr 2016 (r): -0.1 $ billion

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

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:18
Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $144.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016, down $6.6 (+/- 1.2) billion from third quarter of 2016.


4th Qtr 2016: -6.6 $ billion
3rd Qtr 2016 (r): +18.9 $ billion

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