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Discover the U.S. Census Bureau’s economic statistics through the Economic Indicator Webinar Series. Each of the 13 economic indicators in this webinar series will provide an in-depth description of how the critical economic indicator data are collected and how you can access and use these statistics. Sessions include construction, housing, international trade, retail trade and more.


Note: Presentation and accompanying materials will be posted below at the conclusion of all webinars.





Series List

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services (FT-900)
Archived - July 25, 2013

The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report, released jointly with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, is the official source of comprehensive data on imports and exports of goods and services. This report provides the most timely measures of U.S. trade by commodity, country, and state. These foreign trade statistics will allow you to make better business decisions.

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For more information on this topic:

For Goods contact:

Foreign Trade Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

1 (800) 549-0599 option 4
email: ftd.data.dissemination@census.gov

For Services contact:

Balance of Payments Division
Bureau of Economic Analysis

(202) 606-9545
email: internationalaccounts@bea.gov


Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services (MARTS)
Archived - August 20, 2013

The Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services is the earliest available monthly estimates of broad-based retail trade activity and consumer spending. The survey provides reliable measures of current economic activity that are essential to an objective assessment of the need for, and impact of, a wide range of public policy decisions.

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For more information on this topic:

Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau


1-800-327-4389 option 1 – MARTS/MRTS/EC
fax: 301-763-8385 (secure)
email: retail.trade@census.gov


New Residential Construction and Sales (NRC & NRS)
Archived - September 25, 2013

The New Residential Construction series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new privately owned housing units authorized by permits, started and completed, as well as the inventories of units authorized but not yet started and units under construction. The New Residential Sales series provides monthly estimates of the numbers of new houses sold and for sale, as well as the median and average prices of new houses sold.

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For more information on this topic:

Residential Construction Branch,
Manufacturing and Construction Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-5160
fax: 301-763-8835
email: mcd.rcb.customer.service@census.gov


Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)
Archived - January 22, 2014

The Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey is conducted to provide data on the sales and inventories of U.S. Merchant Wholesalers, excluding Manufacturers' Sales Branches and Offices (MSBOs). The survey provides a reliable measure of current economic activity in the wholesale sector that is essential to an objective assessment of the need for and impact of a wide range of public policy decisions.

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Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS)

Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 2.0Mb]

Transcript [PDF 83Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Current Wholesale Branch,
Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-2703
fax: 301-763-4877
email: sssd.wholesale.trade@census.gov


Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries (QFRM) & Retail Trade (QFRR)
Archived - January 29, 2014

The Quarterly Financial Report is the sole source of quarterly statistics on the financial results and position of privately and publicly held non financial corporations in the United States. The program produces statistics on the sales, profits, assets, liabilities, stockholders' equity, and related financial and operating ratios of corporations in the manufacturing, mining, wholesale trade, information, and professional, scientific and technical services (excluding legal services) sectors.

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For more information on this topic:

Quarterly Financial Report,
Company Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-6600
fax: 888-353-4102
email: csd.qfr@census.gov


Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (AdvM3) &
Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3)
Archived - February 12, 2014

The Advance Report on Manufacturing covers shipments, inventories, orders and unfilled orders for manufacturing of durable goods in the U.S. The Full Report includes any revisions to durables from the Advance Report and the addition of the non durable portion of U.S. manufacturing.

Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)
Archived - February 26, 2014

The Housing Vacancies and Homeownership quarterly release provides data on rental and homeowner vacancy rates and homeownership rates for the United States, regions, states, and for the 75 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, including estimates of the total housing inventory, characteristics of units available for occupancy, and percent distributions of vacant for-rent and for-sale units for the U.S. and regions.

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Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (HVS)

Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 340Kb]

Transcript [PDF 69Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-3199
email: sehsd.financial.&.market.characteristics@census.gov


Construction Put in Place (VIP)
Archived - March 12, 2014

The Construction Spending series (otherwise known as the Value of Construction Put in Place) provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. This includes new residential and nonresidential structures as well as improvements to existing structures.

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Construction Put in Place (VIP)

Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 1.3Mb]

Transcript [PDF 64Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Construction Expenditures Branch,
Manufacturing and Construction Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-1605


Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)
Archived - March 26, 2014

The Quarterly Services Report is the only source of service industry indicator performance providing estimates of revenue for selected service industries, source-of-revenue estimates for a subset of industries, estimates of total operating expenses from tax-exempt firms in industries that have a large not-for-profit component, as well as estimates of inpatient days and discharges for hospital services.

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Quarterly Services Survey (QSS)

Supporting Material:

Presentation [PDF 1.6Mb]

Transcript [PDF 70Kb]

For more information on this topic:

Services Indicators Branch,
Service Sector Statistics Division,
U.S. Census Bureau

(301) 763-2960
email: sssd.qss@census.gov



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