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Key National Economic Indicators Published by the U.S. Census Bureau
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New Residential Construction

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:30
Privately-owned housing starts in August 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,180,000. This is 0.8 percent (+/- 9.6%)* below the revised July 2017 estimate of 1,190,000.


August 2017: -0.8* % change
July 2017 (r): -2.2* % change

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Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:00
U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for July 2017 were $1,873.9 billion, up 0.2 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,358.8 billion, up 0.2 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month.


July 2017: +0.2 % change in Inventories
June 2017 (r): +0.5 % change in Inventories

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Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:30
U.S. retail and food services sales for August were $474.8 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent (+/-0.5%)* from the previous month.


August 2017: -0.2* % change
July 2017 (r): +0.3 % change

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Quarterly Services Survey

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:43
The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the second quarter of 2017, not adjusted for seasonal variation or price changes, was $3,684.6 billion, an increase of 3.2 percent (+/- 0.6 percent) from the first quarter of 2017 and up 6.2 percent (+/- 0.6 percent) from the second quarter of 2016.


2nd Qtr 2017: +3.2 % change
1st Qtr 2017: -1.3 % change

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Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 14:21
The advance international trade deficit in goods increased to $65.1 billion in July from $64.0 billion in June as exports decreased more than imports.


July 2017: 65.1° $ billion
June 2017: 64.0° $ billion

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Monthly Wholesale Trade

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 09:00
July 2017 sales of merchant wholesalers were $465.1 billion, down 0.1 percent (+/- 0.2 percent)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $602.4 billion, up 0.6 percent (+/- 0.4 percent) from last month.


July 2017: +0.6 % change in Inventories
June 2017 (r): +0.6 % change in Inventories

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Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:00
Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $23.2 billion for the second quarter 2017 (the 3 months ending July 31, 2017), up $4.3 (+/- 0.1) billion from first quarter 2017 (the 3 months ending April 30, 2017).


2nd Qtr 2017: +4.3 $ billion
1st Qtr 2017 (r): -9.2 $ billion

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

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:00
Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $150.0 billion for the second quarter of 2017, up $0.5 (+/- 0.3) billion from first quarter of 2017.


2nd Qtr 2017: +0.5 $ billion
1st Qtr 2017 (r): +12.3 $ billion

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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:30
The Nation's international trade deficit in goods and services increased to $43.7 billion in July from $43.5 billion in June (revised), as exports decreased more than imports.


July 2017: 43.7° $ billion
June 2017 (r): 43.5° $ billion

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Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:00
New orders for manufactured goods in July decreased $15.8 billion or 3.3 percent to $466.4 billion.


July 2017: -3.3° % change
June 2017 (r): +3.2° % change

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Construction Spending

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:00
Total construction activity for July 2017 ($1,211.5 billion) was 0.6 percent (+/-1.5 percent)* below the revised June 2017 ($1,219.2 billion).


July 2017: -0.6* % change
June 2017 (r): -1.4* % change

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Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:30
July 2017 end-of-month inventories were $619.6 billion, down 0.2 percent (+/- 0.2%)* from last month.


July 2017: -0.2* % change in Inventories
June 2017 (r): +0.6 % change in Inventories

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Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:30
July end-of-month inventories were $601.2 billion, up 0.4 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.


July 2017: +0.4* % change in Inventories
June 2017 (r): +0.6 % change in Inventories

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

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:30
New orders for manufactured durable goods in July decreased $16.7 billion or 6.8 percent to $229.2 billion.


July 2017: -6.8° % change
June 2017 (r): +6.4° % change

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New Residential Sales

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 09:00
Sales of new single-family houses in July 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 571,000. This is 9.4 percent (+/- 12.9%)* below the revised June 2017 estimate of 630,000.


July 2017: -9.4* % change
June 2017 (r): +1.9* % change

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Rental Vacancy Rate

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:00

The rental vacancy rate in the second quarter 2017, 7.3 percent, was 0.6 percentage points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2016 (6.7 percent). The rental vacancy rate in the West was higher than the second quarter 2016 rate, while the rates in the Northeast, Midwest and South were not statistically different from the second quarter 2016 rates.


2nd Qtr 2017: +7.3 percent
2nd Qtr 2016: +6.7 percent

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Homeownership Rate

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:00

The homeownership rate in the second quarter 2017, 63.7 percent, was 0.8 percentage points higher than the rate in the second quarter 2016 (62.9 percent). The homeownership rates in the Northeast and West were higher than the second quarter 2016 rates, while the rates in the Midwest and South were not statistically different from the rates in the second quarter 2016.


2nd Qtr 2017: +63.7 percent
2nd Qtr 2016: +62.9 percent

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