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Mar

18

Growth Report for Monday, March 18, 2013

RETAILERS RECEIVE A MAJOR BOOST   Higher payroll taxes don’t seem to have hurt shopping or driving: the Commerce Department noted a 1.1% improvement in retail sales for February. As gas station receipts increased 5.0% and auto sales 1.1% last month, there was also a 0.4% gain in core retail sales and a 0.5% rise […]

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Feb

25

Growth Report for Monday, February 25, 2013

HOME SALES RISE, HOUSING STARTS FALL January brought a 0.4% improvement in existing home sales, even as the inventory of properties for sale hit a 93-month low. The National Association of Realtors reported a 25% year-over-year decline in existing home inventory, which hasn’t been seen since December 1999. The median sales price was $173,600 last […]

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Feb

18

Growth Report for Monday, February 18, 2013

RETAIL SALES RISE IN JANUARY The increase was minimal – just 0.1% after the 0.5% advance in December – but still welcome in the face of the 2013 payroll tax hike and higher gas prices. Commerce Department data showed core retail sales (which exclude auto, gas and home improvement purchases) up 0.1% for January; they […]

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Feb

11

Growth Report for Monday, February 11, 2013

A SOLID EARNINGS SEASON By Friday, nearly 70%of the firms in the S&P 500 had announced quarterly results – and so far, so good. Thomson Reuters data shows that 66% of these companies have beaten revenue projections, and nearly 70% have surpassed earnings forecasts compared to 65% over the previous four quarters. As it stands […]

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Feb

4

Growth Report for Monday, February 4, 2013

MORE HIRING … AND YET, MORE UNEMPLOYMENT In January, the jobless rate ticked up to 7.9%. The Labor Department countered that with some good news: 127,000 more workers were hired across November and December than previously thought. Last month, 157,000 new jobs were created.1 EXAMINING CONSUMER BAROMETERS According to the Commerce Department, personal spending rose […]

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Jan

28

Economic Update for Monday, January 28, 2013

HOMEBUYING DECREASES IN DECEMBER Last month, existing home sales slumped 1.0% and new home sales tumbled 7.3%. Year-over-year numbers, however, remain hugely positive. Residential resales improved 12.8% in 2012, with December’s median single-family home price up 11.5% from a year before to $180,300. New home sales rose 19.9% last year, representing the first annual increase […]

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Jan

21

Economic Update for Monday, January 21, 2013

WILL THE DEBT LIMIT BE LIFTED SHORTLY? Friday, House GOP leaders announced a new proposal to authorize a three-month extension of federal government borrowing authority. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) summed up the plan in four words: “No budget, no pay.” Under the terms of the proposed legislation, members of Congress would end up […]

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Jan

14

Weekly Economic Update for Monday, January 14, 2013

NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS AFFECTING YOU Singles earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $250,000 will face a 3.8% Medicare surtax and a 0.9% increase in Medicare payroll tax. Tax rates on dividends and long-term capital gains remain at 15% for most, but have risen to 20% for the wealthiest. A scheduled 2% […]

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Jan

7

Economic Update for Monday, January 7, 2013

STEADY HIRING AT THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF Employers added 155,000 jobs in December. The encouraging news is that non-farm payrolls continued to expand while businesses fretted about the fiscal cliff. The discouraging news is that December’s job growth roughly approximated that seen in September, October and November – and at the current pace, it […]

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Dec

31

Economic Update for Monday, December 31, 2012

CRUNCH TIME IN WASHINGTON After a bipartisan meeting failed to produce a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, President Obama had a terse message for Congress Friday evening: if the Senate couldn’t come up with a new proposal during the weekend, he would urge its leaders to arrange a simple up-or-down vote on a small-scale […]

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