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February 27, 2003

Durable Shipments & Orders Jump

The U.S. manufacturing sector started off the year with a bang, reporting its biggest gain in durable goods shipments and orders since last July. Shipments of manufactured durable goods in January increased 3.5% following a 2% December decrease

February 21, 2003

Manpower Survey Shows Hiring to Decline in 2nd Quarter

U.S. employers will be hiring at a moderately slower pace during the second quarter of 2003, according to the Employment Outlook Survey, conducted by Manpower Inc. and released today.

February 19, 2003

Home Building Hits 16-Year High

Construction of new homes and apartments rose to their highest level in 16 years during January, while the number of new building permits fell. The U.S. Commerce Department this week reported a 0.2% increase in construction compared to Decembe

February 14, 2003

January's Industrial Production Increases

Industrial production in the United States increased 0.7% in January, the best performance in six months

February 13, 2003

January Retail Sales Up, Excluding Autos

U.S. retail sales fell in January due to a sharp decline in auto sales while the rest of the sector posted its best performance in some time, according to figures released Thursday by the Commerce Department

February 7, 2003

Unemployment Improves In January

The unemployment picture improved in the United States during January with the creation of new jobs occurring at the fastest rate in more than two years

February 4, 2003

Factory Orders Up, Shipments Down In December

New orders at United States factories increased in December while shipments fell, according to a report released by the Commerce Department Tuesday

February 3, 2003

Manufacturing & Construction Spending Increase, Diesel Prices Higher

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew for the third consecutive month during January while construction spending moved up in December and diesel fuel prices reached their highest levels since 2000 according to three separate reports released Monday

January 30, 2003

GDP Slows In 4th Quarter, But '02 Outperforms Year Before

Economic growth in the United States slowed dramatically during the fourth quarter of 2002, but it did manage to outperform levels from the year before

January 28, 2003

Durable Goods Shipments & Orders Mixed, Consumer Confidence Down

Orders for durable goods increased in December while shipments fell. And consumer confidence in the economy fell in January, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday

January 23, 2003

Leading Economic Indicators Increase For Third Month

A key measure of U.S. economic activity increased for the third month in a row during December according to figures released on Thursday

January 21, 2003

Housing Starts Booming, Manufacturing Down

Housing starts in the United States soared to a 16-year high according to figures released Tuesday, while a separate report from last week shows manufacturing production is down

January 15, 2003

Producer Prices Flat In December

U.S. producer prices were unchanged in December as falling passenger vehicle prices helped offset increases in the costs of food and energy

January 14, 2003

December Retail Sales Disappointing

Retail sales in December turned out to be just about as poor as many store owners were woefully predicting during the holidays

January 10, 2003

U.S. Jobless Numbers Increase In December

U.S. employment fell 101,000 jobs in December and the Bureau of Labor Statistics sharply boosted its estimate of November job losses to 88,000 according to figures released Friday

January 7, 2003

Manufacturing Orders, Shipments Fall

Orders and shipments of manufactured goods fell in November following a significant increase the month before

January 2, 2003

Manufacturing Posts December Increase

The beleaguered manufacturing sector posted one of its better performances of 2002 during December, according to figures released Thursday

December 17, 2002

Industrial Production And Housing Starts Move Higher

Industrial production and housing starts improved in November, while consumer prices managed a slight increase

December 13, 2002

Producer Prices Slide

Producer prices in November posted a decline following an unexpected hike the month before, registering their biggest drop since Ma

December 12, 2002

Retail Sales Post November Increase

U.S. retail sales posted their best showing in three months during November, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department

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