Consumer Sentiment

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November 14, 2014

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Rebound, Consumer Sentiment Upbeat

Retail sales in the U.S. rebounded in October due to broad-based gains, as consumers get ready to head into the Christmas shopping season, according to a U.S. Commerce Department report.

October 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

September 29, 2014

Economic Watch: Personal Spending, Income, Consumer Sentiment Higher

Personal spending in the U.S. increased 0.5% in August from the month before, according to a new Commerce Department report. However, the pace may be slower than it should be to support the continued pace of manufacturing, says one analyst.

September 15, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Falls Slightly

Industrial production in the U.S. fell slightly in August, its first decline since January, according to a report released Monday by the Federal Reserve.

August 15, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Inflation Tame

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.4% in July for its sixth consecutive monthly gain, according to new Federal Reserve numbers, due in large part to a big increase in activity within the auto sector.

June 13, 2014

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices Fall, Consumer Sentiment Dips

Prices at the wholesale level declined in May for the first time in three months, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures, while a separate report shows consumer sentiment fell slightly but is relatively stable.

May 30, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Sentiment Decline

The 0.1% drop in personal consumption expenditures follows an upwardly revised 1% increase during March, which was the largest gain since August 2009 and is the first decline in a year.

May 16, 2014

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Surge, Consumer Sentiment Dips

Housing starts in the U.S. jumped again in April, while the number of new building permits issued hit it best level since 2008, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

April 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Pending Home Sales, Consumer Confidence Best in Months

After months of stagnant activity, pending home sales rose in March, marking the first gain in the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors.

April 11, 2014

Economic Watch: Wholesale Prices, Consumer Sentiment Both Rise

UPDATED -- Prices at the wholesale level increased 0.5% in March, the biggest hike since June, according to a new U.S. Labor Department report

February 16, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Drops, Consumers Optimism Unchanged

Industrial production in the U.S. decreased 0.3% in January after having risen 0.3% in December, according to numbers from the U.S. Federal Reserve released on Friday. This decline in the total output from the nation’s factories, mines and utilities is the largest drop since May 2009.

October 28, 2013

Economic Watch: Industrial Production, Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Rise

Industrial production in the United States increased in September, posting its biggest gain in seven months. This follows a report Friday showing shipments of manufactured durable goods hit their highest level on record going back to 1992 -- but consumer confidence took a nosedive.

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