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Existing-Home Sales Up in July

Existing-home sales jumped in July, with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). Total existing-home sales increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised ... Read More »

Overall Retail Sales Up, Building Materials Sales Down in July

July retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from June, but declined in home-based categories, including building materials and furniture stores, according to the National Retail Federation. July retail sales, released today by the ... Read More »

Survey Shows Improving Economic Outlook for Small Businesses

The National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) recently released 2013 Mid-Year Economic Report shows small business owners have improved their overall economic outlook, with 40 percent saying today’s economy is better off compared with five years ago—the highest it’s been in five years. ... Read More »

Unemployment Rate Down to 7.4%

Both the number of unemployed, at 11.5 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.4 percent, were down in July. These measures were down by 1.2 million and 0.8 percentage point over the year, respectively, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ... Read More »

Modestly Increased June Retail Sales Reflective of Slow-Growth Economy

Consumer spending and retail sales ended the second quarter on a soft note, indicating that economic growth and acceleration has weakened. According to the National Retail Federation, June retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted ... Read More »

28,000 Retail Jobs Added in June

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose in June by 195,000, and the unemployment rate was unchanged from May at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The number of unemployed persons, at 11.8 million, was also unchanged in June. ... Read More »

Consumer Confidence Rises for Third Straight Month

Consumer confidence improved for the third straight month, according to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index. The Index now stands at 81.4, up from 74.3 in May, bringing it to its highest level since January 2008 (Index 87.3). “Consumers are ... Read More »

Builder Confidence Surges in June

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes surged eight points in June to a reading of 52 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) released today. Any reading higher than 50 indicates more ... Read More »