Retail Sales

Retail Sales

October 18, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of the economy.  This indicator also provides insight into which areas of the retail space are experiencing strong sales, such as auto sales. Retail sales jumped …

Consumer Price

Consumer Price Index

September 21, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.  The index starts with a base time period (1982-1984, currently) and shows the overall increase since that time.  As with many economic indicators, it can …

Industrial Production Index

Industrial Production Index

August 17, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial production increased 0.2% in July, below the consensus of 0.3%. Manufacturing decreased 0.1%, below expectations of 0.2% gains while the capacity utilization rate came in at 76.7%, in line with estimates. Mining is up 0.4% and utilities …

Retail Sales

Retail Sales

July 14, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which accounts for roughly two-thirds of the economy.  This indicator also provides insight into which areas of the retail space are experiencing strong sales, such as auto sales. Retail sales decreased …

Industrial Production Index

Industrial Production Index

July 14, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial production increased 0.4% in June, above consensus of 0.3% and above May’s upward revision of 0.1%. Manufacturing increased 0.2%, in line with expectations while the capacity utilization rate came in at 76.6%, below estimates. Mining is up …

Industrial Production Index

Industrial Production Index

May 18, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial output is up 1.0%, above the consensus of 0.4% and well above March’s revised 0.4% increase. Manufacturing rose 1.0%, above expectations of 0.3% while the capacity utilization rate came in at 76.7%, above estimates. Utility output rose …

Industrial Production Index

Industrial Production Index

February 15, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial output fell 0.3% in December, well below December’s revised 0.6% increase and below expectations of no change.  Manufacturing rose 0.2% in line with expectations while the capacity utilization rate came in at 75.3%, slightly below estimates.  The …

Industrial Production

Industrial Production Index

December 14, 2016 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Production for November decreased 0.4%, which is lower than last month’s data after it was upwardly revised to 0.1% (+0.1%). However, it missed consensus expectations of -0.2%. Manufacturing output was in line with expectations of a 0.1% decrease, …

Consumer Price Index

Consumer Price Index

November 17, 2016 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.  The index starts with a base time period (1982-1984, currently) and shows the overall increase since that time.  As with many economic indicators, it can …

Industrial Production

Industrial Production Index

November 16, 2016 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. The IPI for October remained unchanged, which is an improvement after last month’s data was downwardly revised from 0.1% to -0.2%. However, it narrowly missed consensus expectations of 0.1%. A positive note in the report is that the …