U.S. economic trends

Decent Batch of U.S. Data Released This Tuesday

May 27, 2014

Although in line with street expectations, the Conference Board gauge of May consumer confidence printed 1.3 points higher than in April, at the highest point in over a year, and indeed at the second best level since 2008.  The average level in April-May of 82.4 follows period averages of 80.0 in the first quarter and […] More

U.S. Data Round-Up

August 15, 2012

A large number of economic indicators were released Tuesday and today.  Such showed better activity with contained inflation.  Here are some of the highlights. After a series of several weak monthly reports, retail sales advanced 0.8% in July, but that gain just barely offset June’s 0.7% decline and left sales in May-July 0.6% softer than […] More

Today’s North American Economic Data

June 28, 2012

The 1.9% annualized increased of U.S. real GDP in the first quarter was unrevised from the prior estimate.  Personal consumption growth of 2.5% accounted for 93% of GDP’s rise during the quarter.  Private investment, net foreign demand, and inventories supported growth modestly but were collectively neutralized by a 4.0% annualized drop in public-sector spending that […] More

United States on a Data Roll

November 16, 2011

Since Friday, a string of better-than-expected U.S. economic indicators have been reported and, along with a solid Japanese 3Q GDP report, has presumably helped to mitigate market reaction to the bad news coming out of Europe. Enjoy the data roll now because it is unlikely to extend for long. Treasury-reported international capital flows were considerably […] More