Census Bureau

Business Spending Increases More Than Expected
Business Spending Increases More Than Expected
May 24, 2024  |  Business

New orders for manufactured durable goods increased by 0.7% in April. Orders increased by $1.9 billion to $284.1 billion during the month, the U.S. Census Bureau said in...

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US Construction Spending Sees Unexpected Drop in March
US Construction Spending Sees Unexpected Drop in March
May 01, 2024  |  Economy

Construction spending in the U.S. declined unexpectedly in March after being unchanged in February. Data from the Census Bureau released Wednesday (May 1) showed spending at a seasonally adjusted...

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Retail Inventories Increase 5.6% Year Over Year in February
Retail Inventories Increase 5.6% Year Over Year in February
March 29, 2024  |  Retail

Retail inventories increased to $808.8 billion in February. That figure is 0.5% higher than January and 5.6% higher than it was a year earlier, the...

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Online Sales Slip in February as Consumers Return In-Store
Online Sales Slip in February as Consumers Return In-Store
March 14, 2024  |  Retail

The latest reading on retail sales data from the Census Bureau showed that overall retail sales were up 0.6% month over month, reversing a 1.1% decline...

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Wholesale Inventories Dropped 0.3% in January, More Than Expected
Wholesale Inventories Dropped 0.3% in January, More Than Expected
March 06, 2024  |  Economy

The U.S. Census Bureau revised its wholesale inventories estimate for January downward Wednesday (March 6). Total inventories dipped 0.3% in January compared with December 2023, rather than...

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Durable Goods Orders Dropped 6.1% in January
Durable Goods Orders Dropped 6.1% in January
February 27, 2024  |  Economy

New orders for manufactured durable goods declined by 6.1% in January. Orders dropped by $18 billion to $276.7 billion during the month, the U.S. Census...

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Is January’s Retail Sales Slump a Blip or Harbinger of Things to Come?
Is January’s Retail Sales Slump a Blip or Harbinger of Things to Come?
February 15, 2024  |  Economy

The questions swirling amid the January sales slump boils down to these: Is it the pause that refreshes — as consumers essentially take a breath,...

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As Retail Sales Miss Expectations, Is a Summer Slowdown in Sight?
As Retail Sales Miss Expectations, Is a Summer Slowdown in Sight?
July 18, 2023  |  Economy

June’s retail sales report missed expectations — and it may be the case that tepid consumer spending, while still increasing, may wind up causing a...

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Fed Lending, Business Formation Data Hint at Main Street Crunch
Fed Lending, Business Formation Data Hint at Main Street Crunch
May 17, 2023  |  SMBs

Data from the Federal Reserve and the Census Bureau hint at a looming crunch on Main Street. Specifically: The businesses that power the economy are...

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