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Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

February 2021 sales of merchant wholesalers were $538.3 billion, down 0.8 percent (+/- 0.7 percent) from last month. End-of-month inventories were $682.5 billion, up 0.6 percent (+/- 0.4 percent) from last month.

Released:
April 9, 2021

Next Release:
May 7, 2021

February 2021

+0.6
% change in Inventories

January 2021 (r)

+1.4
% 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 deficit in goods and services increased to $71.1 billion in February from $67.8 billion in January (revised), as exports decreased more than imports.

Released:
April 7, 2021

Next Release:
May 4, 2021

February 2021

71.1°
$ billion

January 2021 (r)

67.8°
$ billion

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in February decreased $4.1 billion or 0.8 percent to $505.7 billion.

Released:
April 5, 2021

Next Release:
May 4, 2021

February 2021

-0.8°
% change

January 2021 (r)

+2.7°
% change

Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for February 2021 ($1,516.9 billion) was 0.8 percent (+/-0.7 percent) below the revised January 2021 ($1,529.0 billion).

Released:
April 1, 2021

Next Release:
May 3, 2021

February 2021

-0.8
% change

January 2021 (r)

+1.2*
% change

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

February end-of-month inventories were $681.1 billion, up 0.5 percent (+/- 0.4 percent) from last month.

Released:
March 26, 2021

Next Release:
April 28, 2021

February 2021

+0.5
% change in Inventories

January 2021 (r)

+1.4
% change in Inventories

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods icon

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

The advance international trade deficit in goods increased to $86.7 billion in February from $84.6 billion in January as exports decreased more than imports.

Released:
March 26, 2021

Next Release:
April 28, 2021

February 2021

86.7°
$ billion

January 2021

84.6°
$ billion

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

February 2021 end-of-month inventories were $625.9 billion, virtually unchanged (+/- 0.2%)* from last month.

Released:
March 26, 2021

Next Release:
April 28, 2021

February 2021

0.0*
% change in Inventories

January 2021 (r)

-0.3
% change in Inventories

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 $2.9 billion or 1.1 percent to $254.0 billion.

Released:
March 24, 2021

Next Release:
April 26, 2021

February 2021

-1.1°
% change

January 2021 (r)

+3.5°
% change

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in February 2021 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 775,000. This is 18.2 percent (+/- 13.9%) below the revised January 2021 estimate of 948,000.

Released:
March 23, 2021

Next Release:
April 23, 2021

February 2021

-18.2
% change

January 2021 (r)

+3.2*
% change

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $34.2 billion for the fourth quarter 2020 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2021), down $8.7 (+/- 0.3) billion from third quarter 2020 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2020).

Released:
March 22, 2021

Next Release:
June 8, 2021

4th Qtr 2020

-8.7
$ billion

3rd Qtr 2020 (r)

+4.4
$ billion

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 $144.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2020, down $6.3 (+/- 1.3) billion from third quarter of 2020.

Released:
March 22, 2021

Next Release:
June 8, 2021

4th Qtr 2020

-6.3
$ billion

3rd Qtr 2020 (r)

+116.0
$ billion

New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in February 2021 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,421,000. This is 10.3 percent (+/- 10.5%)* below the revised January 2021 estimate of 1,584,000.

Released:
March 17, 2021

Next Release:
April 16, 2021

February 2021

-10.3*
% change

January 2021 (r)

-5.1*
% change

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for January 2021 were $1,982.4 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,568.5 billion, up 4.7 percent (+/- 0.3 percent) from last month.

Released:
March 16, 2021

Next Release:
April 15, 2021

January 2021

+0.3
% change in Inventories

December 2020 (r)

+0.8
% 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 February 2021 were $561.7 billion, a decrease of 3.0 percent (+/-0.5%) from the previous month.

Released:
March 16, 2021

Next Release:
April 15, 2021

February 2021

-3.0
% change

January 2021 (r)

+7.6
% change

Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $4,106.5 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent (+/- 0.4 percent) from the third quarter of 2020 and down 0.6 percent (+/- 0.4 percent) from the fourth quarter of 2019.

Released:
March 12, 2021

Next Release:
May 20, 2021

4th Qtr 2020

+4.6
% change

3rd Qtr 2020 (r)

+8.0
% change

Business Formation Statistics icon

Business Formation Statistics

Total U.S. Business Applications were 423,095 in February 2021, down 13.4% from January 2021.

Released:
March 10, 2021

Next Release:
April 14, 2021

February 2021

-13.4°
% change

January 2021 (r)

+42.1°
% change

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the fourth quarter 2020, 6.5 percent, was not statistically different from the rate in the fourth quarter 2019. The rental vacancy rate in the South was lower than the fourth quarter 2019 rate. The rental vacancy rates in the Northeast, Midwest, and West were not statistically different from the fourth quarter 2019 rates.

Released:
February 2, 2021

Next Release:
April 27, 2021

4th Qtr 2020

+6.5*
percent

4th Qtr 2019

+6.4
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the fourth quarter 2020, 65.8 percent, was higher than the rate in the fourth quarter 2019. The homeownership rates in the Midwest and South were higher than the fourth quarter 2019 rates. The homeownership rates in the Northeast and West were not statistically different from the fourth quarter 2019 rate.

Released:
February 2, 2021

Next Release:
April 27, 2021

4th Qtr 2020

+65.8
percent

4th Qtr 2019

+65.1
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 and Home Ownership Rate. None of the estimates are adjusted for price changes.

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