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Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for June 2014 ($950.2 billion) was 1.8 percent (+/-1.8%)* below the revised May 2014 ($967.8 billion).

Released:
August 1, 2014

Next Release:
September 2, 2014

June 2014

-1.8*
% change

May 2014 (r)

+0.8*
% change

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the second quarter 2014 was 7.5 percent, down 0.7 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the second quarter 2013 rate of 8.2 percent. The rental vacancy rates in the Northeast and Midwest were lower than the corresponding second quarter 2013 rates, while the rates in the South and West were not statistically different from the rates a year ago.

Released:
July 29, 2014

Next Release:
October 28, 2014

2nd Qtr 2014

+8.2
percent

2nd Qtr 2013

+7.5
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the second quarter 2014 was 64.7 percent, down 0.3 (+/- 0.4)* percentage points from the second quarter 2013 rate of 65.0 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast and South were lower than the rates in the second quarter 2013, while the rates in the Midwest and West were not statistically different from the rates a year ago.

Released:
July 29, 2014

Next Release:
October 28, 2014

2nd Qtr 2014

+64.7*
percent

2nd Qtr 2013

+65.0
percent

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in June increased $1.8 billion or 0.7 percent to $239.9 billion.

Released:
July 25, 2014

Next Release:
August 26, 2014

June 2014

+0.7°
% change

May 2014 (r)

-1.0°
% change

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in June 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000. This is 8.1 percent (+/- 12.3%)* below the revised May 2014 estimate of 442,000.

Released:
July 24, 2014

Next Release:
August 25, 2014

June 2014

-8.1*
% change

May 2014 (r)

+8.3*
% change

New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in June 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 893,000. This is 9.3 percent (+/- 10.3%)* below the revised May 2014 estimate of 985,000.

Released:
July 17, 2014

Next Release:
August 19, 2014

June 2014

-9.3*
% change

May 2014 (r)

-7.3*
% change

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for May 2014 were $1,737.4 billion, up 0.5 percent (+/-0.1%) from last month. U.S. total business sales were 1,343.3 billion, up 0.4 percent (+/-0.2%) from last month.

Released:
July 15, 2014

Next Release:
August 13, 2014

May 2014

+0.5
% change in Inventories

April 2014 (r)

+0.6
% change in Inventories

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services icon

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

U.S. retail and food services sales for June reached $439.9 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent (+/-0.5%)* from the previous month.

Released:
July 15, 2014

Next Release:
August 13, 2014

June 2014

+0.2*
% change

May 2014 (r)

+0.5
% change

Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

May 2014 sales of merchant wholesalers were $453.2 billion, up 0.7 percent (+/-0.5%) from last month. End-of-month inventories were $532.7 billion, up 0.5 percent (+/-0.4%) from last month.

Released:
July 10, 2014

Next Release:
August 8, 2014

May 2014

+0.5
% change in Inventories

April 2014 (r)

+1.0
% change in Inventories

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services icon

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The Nation's international trade balance in goods and services increased to -$44.4 billion in May from -$47.0 billion in April (revised), as exports increased and imports decreased.

Released:
July 3, 2014

Next Release:
August 6, 2014

May 2014

-44.4°
$ billion

April 2014 (r)

-47.0°
$ billion

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in May decreased $2.6 billion or 0.5 percent to $497.7 billion.

Released:
July 2, 2014

Next Release:
August 5, 2014

May 2014

-0.5°
% change

April 2014 (r)

+0.8°
% change

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

After-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $14.6 billion for the first quarter 2014 (the 3 months ending April 30, 2014), down $11.1 (+/- 0.1) billion from fourth quarter 2013 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2014).

Released:
June 16, 2014

Next Release:
September 15, 2014

1st Qtr 2014

-11.1
$ billion

4th Qtr 2013 (r)

+8.2
$ billion

Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

U.S. Information sector revenue for the first quarter of 2014, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $330.0 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent (+/- 0.8) from the fourth quarter of 2013.

Released:
June 11, 2014

Next Release:
September 11, 2014

1st Qtr 2014

+1.1
% change

4th Qtr 2013 (r)

+2.0
% change

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries

Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $140.2 billion for the first quarter of 2014, down $17.9 (+/- 0.3) billion from fourth quarter of 2013.

Released:
June 9, 2014

Next Release:
September 8, 2014

1st Qtr 2014

-17.9
$ billion

4th Qtr 2013 (r)

+8.9
$ billion

(*) The 90% confidence interval includes zero. The Census Bureau does not have sufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

(°) Statistical significance is not applicable or not measurable for these surveys. The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders estimates are not based on a probability sample, so we can neither measure the sampling error of these estimates nor compute confidence intervals.

(r) Revised.

All estimates are seasonally adjusted except for the Rental Vacancy Rate, Home Ownership Rate, and Quarterly Financial Report for Retail Trade. None of the estimates are adjusted for price changes.

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