Month: February 2011

U.S. GDP Revised Downward for Fourth Quarter

The United States’ economy grew slower than previously thought, said the Commerce Department on Friday. The advance estimate of the real gross domestic product – the overall measure of economic output of  the United States – was 3.2 percent. The economy actually increased at a lower rate, 2.8 percent, said […]

Declining home prices offset rise in sales

Existing home sales increased last month, but declining prices and a high percentage of distressed sales indicate that the housing market faces a long road to recovery. The National Association of Realtors reported Feb. 23 that existing home sales increased 2.7 percent from December 2010 to a seasonally adjusted annual […]

Changes in Building Permit Codes Affected LEI Numbers

The number for January’s Index of Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) came out yesterday and they show that the U.S. is still increasing by 0.1 percent. For some this may look like bad news since the number was a decrease and much lower than those that came out in the last […]

Consumers Feel the Pinch as Economists Breath Sigh of Relief

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported early Thursday morning that the consumer price index rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in February, the second straight month of growth. The index came in at a higher than projected 0.3 percent made by many economists across the U.S., according to Bloomberg.

Retail Sales Slip Following Holiday Season

Retail sales fell in January, as a slow job market and rising gas prices kept consumers out of stores following the holiday season. The advanced estimates for the United States retail and food service sales for January were $381.6 billion, an increase of 0.3 percent from the previous month, according […]

Jump in Producer Prices Raises Inflation Questions

Wholesale prices increased by 0.8 percent in January, exceeding some forecasters’ predictions. But economists said it’s too soon to sound the alarm on rising inflation, mostly because the overall economic recovery still remains weak. The increase marks the seventh consecutive rise, following a 0.9 percent advance in December and a […]

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened in December

The U.S. trade deficit widened by 6 percent in December, adding up to a record-high annual trade gap with China. The trade gap with China lessened by 19.1 percent in December to $20.7 billion. But the total annual deficit last year added up to the largest deficit the U.S. ever […]

New Jobless Claims Drop Below 400,000

Initial jobless claims fell last week to the lowest level since July 2008. In the week that ended on February 5th, new applications for unemployment insurance totaled 383,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week’s 419,000, according to the Department of Labor.  This drop in claims far exceeded expectations […]