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Appendix E2: Economic Indicator Variables


Direct comparison statements that are not statistically significant are not allowed, except for statements of changes in news releases for the economic indicator variables listed in the table below. In these news releases, the footnote below must be provided to indicate that the comparison is not statistically significant:

    "The 90 percent confidence interval for the change includes zero. There is insufficient evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero."

Program Frequency Levels Characteristics Current Period to Prior Period Current Period to Same Period One Year Ago Year-to-date to prior year-to-date
Advance Monthly Retail and Food Services Survey (MARTS) Monthly
  • Total retail plus food services
  • Total retail
Sales Monthly:

Quarterly:

(Dec. only)
Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey (MWTS) Monthly
  • Total wholesale
  • Durable goods
  • Nondurable goods
Sales  
Inventories  
Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) Quarterly
  • Total
  • 2-digit sector totals
Receipts or revenue  

Expenses

 
Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales (MTIS) Monthly
  • Total manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade

Distributive trades sales plus manufacturers’ shipments and total business inventories

 
Building Permits Survey (BPS) Monthly
  • U.S. Total and by size
  • Region, Total, 1-unit

Authorizations

Survey of Construction (SOC) Monthly
  • U.S. Total and by size
  • Region, Total, 1-unit
Starts
Completions
  • U.S. and region, 1-unit
Sales
Value Put-in-Place (VIP) Surveys Monthly
  • Total  residential
  • Total nonresidential
  • Private total
  • Private residential
  • Private nonresidential
  • Public total
  • Public residential
  • Public highway
Construction expenditures
Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) Quarterly
  • Total manufacturing
  • Durable goods manufacturing
  • Nondurable goods manufacturing
Seasonally-adjusted:
  • After-tax profits
  • Sales
  • After-tax profits per dollar of sales
   
  • Total manufacturing
  • Durable goods manufacturing
  • Nondurable goods manufacturing
  • Total mining
  • Wholesale trade
  • Retail trade
Not seasonally-adjusted:
  • After-tax profits
  • Sales
  • After-tax profits per dollar of sales
   
E-Commerce Quarterly
  • Total retail

Total sales

 
E-commerce sales  
Housing Vacancies and Homeownership (CPS/HVS) Quarterly
  • U.S.
  • Regions
Rental vacancy rate, Homeowner vacancy rate, Homeownership rate  



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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Methodology and Standards Council |  Last Revised: July 24, 2012