U.S. Data

  • 2015-05-01 00:01


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of RealtyTrac's Q1 2015 Cash, Investor & Distressed Sales Report released Thursday:

    RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com), the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its Q1 2015 Cash, Investor & Distressed Sales Report, which shows that owner-occupant buyers accounted for 63.2 percent of all residential single family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2015, down from 65.8 percent in the previous quarter and 68.6 percent a year ago to the lowest quarterly level going back to the first quarter of 2011, the earliest quarter with data available.

    Meanwhile non owner-occupant buyers - any buyer who purchased a property but has their property tax bill mailed somewhere else - reached a new high of 36

  • 2015-04-30 08:30


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are the changes in unadjusted initial claims by state for the week ended April 18. Data for the April 25 week are not yet available:

    STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000

    State Change State Supplied Comment

    NY +8,902 Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, educational service, and public administration industries. CT +1,831 Layoffs in the educational service industry. CA +1,343 No comment.

  • 2015-04-28 08:55


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of the weekly retail sales report released by Johnson Redbook Tuesday, for the month-to-date through the week-ended April 25:

    The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index was up 1.4% in the third week of April following a 0.8% gain the prior week. Month-to-date, April was up 1.1% compared to April of last year (relative to a target of a 1.7% gain). Month-over-month showed a 0.2% gain versus March (relative to a target of a 0.8% gain). April is a four-week month on the retail calendar, ending on May 2nd.

    Some retailers reported improved sales in the third week; however, overall performance remained below plan.

  • 2015-04-28 07:50


    --Retransmitting Text Published 7:45 ET

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the commentary from the RetailEconomist.com-Goldman Sachs monthly Chain Store Sales Snapshot released Tuesday:

    The Retail Economist - Goldman Sachs (TRE-GS) Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.8 % (seasonally adjusted) compared with its previous week for the period ending on Saturday, April 25 . On a year-over-year basis, sales rose by a moderate 2.5 % .

    Michael P. Niemira, chief economist of The Retail Economist, LLC, observed that " Although weather-sensitive demand was hurt by the cooler and wet weather that prevailed during the past week, some retail segments still managed to perform well.

  • 2015-04-28 07:45


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the commentary from the RetailEconomist.com-Goldman Sachs monthly Chain Store Sales Snapshot released Tuesday:

    The Retail Economist - Goldman Sachs (TRE-GS) Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.8 % (seasonally adjusted) compared with its previous week for the period ending on Saturday, April 25 . On a year-over-year basis, sales rose by a moderate 2.5 % .

    Michael P. Niemira, chief economist of The Retail Economist, LLC, observed that " Although weather-sensitive demand was hurt by the cooler and wet weather that prevailed during the past week, some retail segments still managed to perform well.

  • 2015-04-23 08:35


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following are the changes in unadjusted initial claims by state for the week ended April 4.

  • 2015-04-22 10:59


    --Sales to Surge for Months Beginning With Fed Rate Hike
    --Prices up 'Unhealthy' 7.8% in March
    --Raw Sales Numbers Without Seasonal Adjustment Particularly Impressive

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - March existing home sales jumped 6.1% - without seasonal adjustment by 37% - as the spring surge arrived as hoped for, with more acceleration expected once the Federal Reserve begins to raise rates, the National Association of Realtors reported Wednesday.

    Some catch-up from weather-depressed sales in January and February, "amazingly" low mortgage rates and the continuing rate of job creation helped March, the NAR said.

  • 2015-04-21 09:37


    --Revamped Producer Price Index Faces Challenges, Criticism

    WASHINGTON (MNI) - As the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week celebrates the 125th anniversary of what used to be called its wholesale prices index, the measure faces more challenges than the criticism of the markets community, including those that are political, definitional and technological.

    The new Producer Price Index, which one trading room economist in mid March said is evidence the "BlS has run amok," began late in the 19th century, thanks to a U.S. Senate resolution in 1891.

  • 2015-04-21 08:55


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the text of the weekly retail sales report released by Johnson Redbook Tuesday, for the month-to-date through the week ended April 18:

    The Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index was up 0.8% in the second week of April following a 1.1% gain the prior week. Month-to-date, April was up 1.0% compared to April of last year (relative to a target of a 1.7% gain). Month-over-month showed a 0.1% gain versus March (relative to a target of a 0.8% gain). April is a four-week month on the retail calendar, ending on May 2nd.

    Retailers were up against last year's pre-Easter shopping week, making for a difficult comparison as a result of the Easter shift.

  • 2015-04-21 07:45


    WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is the commentary from the RetailEconomist.com-Goldman Sachs monthly Chain Store Sales Snapshot released Tuesday:

    The Retail Economist-Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index declined marginally by 0.1% (seasonally adjusted) compared with its previous week for the period ending on Saturday, April 18. On a year-over-year basis, sales rose by a healthy 3.3%.

    Michael P.