Banks and the Economy

Retail Sales Fell in June

There were $442.0 billion of retail and food services sales in June (after adjustment for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences but not for price changes), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This level represented a decrease of 0.3 percent from the previous month, but an increase of 1.4 percent from June of last year. Core retail sales – ...

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GAO Releases Debt Limit Study

As part of an effort to assist Congress in addressing challenges related to delays in raising the debt limit, the Government Accountability Office has released its study on the effect of the 2013 debt limit impasse. Through interviews of budget and policy experts, along with an interactive web forum, the GAO identified three potential approaches to minimize disruptions to markets ...

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Yellen Expects First Rate Hike by Year’s End

Citing improved labor market conditions, growing consumer spending and reduced “drag” from government fiscal policies, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen said today that she expects it will be appropriate to begin the process of raising the federal funds rate “later this year.”

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Consumer Delinquencies Dip in First Quarter

Delinquencies in closed-end loans and bank cards edged down in the first quarter, driven by large declines in home loan-related delinquencies, according to the ABA Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin that was released today.

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U.S. Foreign Trade Deficit Expands in May

The U.S. international trade deficit widened in May to $41.9 billion, up $1.2 billion from April. The increase reflects a $1.5 billion decrease in exports and $0.3 billion decrease in imports.

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New Orders Decreased in May

New orders for manufactured goods fell 0.1 percent in May to $470.5 billion, the Commerce Department said today. The decline followed a 0.7 percent rise the month before. Shipments were down 0.1 percent, landing at $482.1 billion. Inventories were $649.7 billion, virtually unchanged.

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