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Economy

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) fell one point to 61 in December, marking the second consecutive monthly decline in the index after a 10-year high in October. All three index components posted losses for the month. Current sales conditions fell one point to 66, while the indices for buyer

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The Consumer Price Index was unchanged in November, but increased 0.4 percent over the last 12 months, before seasonal adjustment. This is the largest 12-month increase since the 12-month period ending December 2014. The energy index fell 1.3 percent after increasing by 0.3 percent in October. Prices for gasoline fell by 2.4 percent on the month

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There were $448.1 billion of retail and food service sales in November (after adjustment for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes), a monthly increase of 0.2 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Retail sales increased 1.4 percent from November 2014. Core retail sales – excluding automobile and parts

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Producer prices increased 0.3 percent in November, seasonally adjusted, after decreasing 0.4 percent in October according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. November’s increase was attributable to an increase in prices for final demand services. Prices for final demand goods fell 0.1 percent, the fifth consecutive month of decreases. Over 90 percent of the

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Household net worth fell $1.2 trillion during the third quarter of 2015 to $85.2 trillion, a 1.4 percent decrease from the previous quarter but a 2.9 percent increase from a year ago. Household holdings of nonfinancial assets increased during the third quarter, growing 1.8 percent. The majority of this increase came from real estate holdings,

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Following three months of no-significant change, the NFIB Small Business Optimism fell 1.3 points to 94.8 in November. Only one of the ten index components posted a gain on the month, while six components posted losses. Labor market conditions remained consistent during the month of November, as 55 percent of business owners reported hiring or

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Consumer credit increased in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.5 percent, rising to $3.51 trillion. Revolving credit rose at an annual rate of 0.2 percent to $924 billion, and non-revolving credit increased at an annual rate of 7.4 percent to $2.59 trillion. Total outstanding consumer credit increased $16.0 billion, down from last

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The ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Index fell to 55.9 in November, 3.2 points below October’s reading. Despite the drop, November marked the 76th consecutive month of growth, as indicated by readings over 50. Twelve non-manufacturing industries reported growth in November, while 6 reported contraction. The Business Activity Index fell 4.8 points to 58.2, yet still registered

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