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New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in March 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 926,000. This is 2.0 percent (+/- 13.0%)* above the revised February 2015 estimate of 908,000.

Released:
April 16, 2015

Next Release:
May 19, 2015

March 2015

+2.0*
% change

February 2015 (r)

-15.3
% change

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for February 2015 were $1,790.2 billion, up 0.3 (+/- 0.1%) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,313.1 billion, virtually unchanged (+/-0.2%)* from last month.

Released:
April 14, 2015

Next Release:
May 13, 2015

February 2015

+0.3
% change in Inventories

January 2015 (r)

0.0*
% 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 March were $441.4 billion, an increase of 0.9 percent (+/-0.5%) from the previous month.

Released:
April 14, 2015

Next Release:
May 13, 2015

March 2015

+0.9
% change

February 2015 (r)

-0.5
% change

Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

February 2015 sales of merchant wholesalers were $444.2 billion, down 0.2 percent (+/- 0.5%)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $574.0 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.4%)* from last month.

Released:
April 9, 2015

Next Release:
May 8, 2015

February 2015

+0.3*
% change in Inventories

January 2015 (r)

+0.4*
% change in Inventories

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in February increased $0.8 billion or 0.2 percent to $468.3 billion.

Released:
April 2, 2015

Next Release:
May 4, 2015

February 2015

+0.2°
% change

January 2015 (r)

-0.7°
% change

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 -$35.4 billion in February from -$42.7 billion in January (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
April 2, 2015

Next Release:
May 5, 2015

February 2015

-35.4°
$ billion

January 2015 (r)

-42.7°
$ billion

Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for February 2015 ($967.2 billion) was 0.1 percent (+/-1.2%)* below the revised January 2015 ($967.9 billion).

Released:
April 1, 2015

Next Release:
May 1, 2015

February 2015

-0.1*
% change

January 2015 (r)

-1.7*
% change

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 February decreased $3.2 billion or 1.4 percent to $231.3 billion.

Released:
March 25, 2015

Next Release:
April 24, 2015

February 2015

-1.4°
% change

January 2015 (r)

+2.0°
% change

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in February 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 539,000. This is 7.8 percent (+/- 15.2%)* above the revised January 2015 estimate of 500,000.

Released:
March 24, 2015

Next Release:
April 23, 2015

February 2015

+7.8*
% change

January 2015 (r)

+4.4*
% 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 $154.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014, down $10.7 (+/- 1.6) billion from third quarter of 2014.

Released:
March 23, 2015

Next Release:
June 8, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

-10.7
$ billion

3rd Qtr 2014 (r)

+12.0
$ billion

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 $23.8 billion for the fourth quarter 2014 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2015), up $7.4 (+/- 0.2) billion from third quarter 2014 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2014).

Released:
March 23, 2015

Next Release:
June 15, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+7.4
$ billion

3rd Qtr 2014 (r)

-4.3
$ billion

Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the estimate of U.S. information sector revenue for the fourth calendar quarter of 2014, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $334.0 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent (+/- 0.6%) from the third quarter of 2014.

Released:
March 11, 2015

Next Release:
June 10, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+1.4
% change

3rd Qtr 2014 (r)

+0.8*
% change

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the fourth quarter 2014 was 7.0 percent, down 1.2 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the fourth quarter 2013 rate of 8.2 percent. The rental vacancy rates in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West were lower than the corresponding fourth quarter 2013 rates.

Released:
January 29, 2015

Next Release:
April 28, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+7.0
percent

4th Qtr 2013

+8.2
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2014 was 64.0 percent, down 1.2 (+/- 0.4) percentage points from the fourth quarter 2013 rate of 65.2 percent. The homeownership rates in the Northeast, Midwest and South were lower than the rates in the fourth quarter 2013, while the rate in the West was not statistically different from the rate a year ago.

Released:
January 29, 2015

Next Release:
April 28, 2015

4th Qtr 2014

+64.0
percent

4th Qtr 2013

+65.2
percent

(*) 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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