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Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

Advance Report

The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the third quarter of 2019, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $4,106.3 billion, an increase of 1.4 percent (+/- 0.2 percent) from the second quarter of 2019 and up 4.9 percent (+/- 0.6 percent) from the third quarter of 2018.

Released:
November 19, 2019

Next Release:
December 11, 2019

3rd Qtr 2019

+1.4
% change

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

+1.3
% change

New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in October 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,314,000. This is 3.8 percent (+/- 8.7%)* above the revised September 2019 estimate of 1,266,000.

Released:
November 19, 2019

Next Release:
December 17, 2019

October 2019

+3.8*
% change

September 2019 (r)

-7.9*
% change

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for September 2019 were $2,041.5 billion, virtually unchanged (+/- 0.1 percent)* from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,459.4 billion, down 0.2 percent (+/-0.2 percent)* from last month.

Released:
November 15, 2019

Next Release:
December 13, 2019

September 2019

0.0*
% change in Inventories

August 2019 (r)

-0.1*
% 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 October 2019 were $526.5 billion, an increase of 0.3 percent (+/-0.4%)* from the previous month.

Released:
November 15, 2019

Next Release:
December 13, 2019

October 2019

0.3*
% change

September 2019 (r)

-0.3
% change

Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

September 2019 sales of merchant wholesalers were $498.6 billion, virtually unchanged (+/- 0.5 percent)* from last month. End-of-month inventories were $676.7 billion, down 0.4 percent (+/- 0.2 percent) from last month.

Released:
November 8, 2019

Next Release:
December 6, 2019

September 2019

-0.4
% change in Inventories

August 2019 (r)

+0.1*
% 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 decreased to $52.5 billion in September from $55.0 billion in August (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
November 5, 2019

Next Release:
December 5, 2019

September 2019

52.5°
$ billion

August 2019 (r)

55.0°
$ billion

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in September decreased $2.9 billion or 0.6 percent to $496.7 billion.

Released:
November 4, 2019

Next Release:
December 5, 2019

September 2019

-0.6°
% change

August 2019 (r)

-0.1°
% change

Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for September 2019 ($1,293.6 billion) was 0.5 percent (+/-1.0 percent)* above the revised August 2019 ($1,287.1 billion).

Released:
November 1, 2019

Next Release:
December 2, 2019

September 2019

+0.5*
% change

August 2019 (r)

-0.3*
% change

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the third quarter 2019, 6.8 percent, was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018. The rental vacancy rates in each region were not statistically different from the third quarter 2018 rates.

Released:
October 29, 2019

Next Release:
January 30, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+6.8*
percent

3rd Qtr 2018

+7.1
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the third quarter 2019, 64.8 percent, was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018. The homeownership rates in the South was higher than the rate in the third quarter 2018, while rates in the Northeast, Midwest, and West were not statistically different from the third quarter 2018 rates.

Released:
October 29, 2019

Next Release:
January 30, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+64.8*
percent

3rd Qtr 2018

+64.4
percent

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods icon

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

The advance international trade deficit in goods decreased to $70.4 billion in September from $73.1 billion in August as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
October 28, 2019

Next Release:
November 26, 2019

September 2019

70.4°
$ billion

August 2019

73.1°
$ billion

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

September 2019 end-of-month inventories were $667.1 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.2%) from last month.

Released:
October 28, 2019

Next Release:
November 26, 2019

September 2019

+0.3
% change in Inventories

August 2019 (r)

-0.2*
% change in Inventories

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

September end-of-month inventories were $677.4 billion, down 0.3 (+/- 0.2 percent) from last month.

Released:
October 28, 2019

Next Release:
November 26, 2019

September 2019

-0.3
% change in Inventories

August 2019 (r)

0.0*
% change in Inventories

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in September 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 701,000. This is 0.7 percent (+/- 16.1%)* below the revised August 2019 estimate of 706,000.

Released:
October 24, 2019

Next Release:
November 26, 2019

September 2019

-0.7*
% change

August 2019 (r)

+6.2*
% 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 September decreased $2.8 billion or 1.1 percent to $248.2 billion.

Released:
October 24, 2019

Next Release:
November 27, 2019

September 2019

-1.1°
% change

August 2019 (r)

+0.3°
% change

Business Formation Statistics icon

Business Formation Statistics

Total U.S. Business Applications were 860,125 in the third quarter of 2019, down 0.5% from second quarter 2019.

Released:
October 16, 2019

Next Release:
January 15, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

-0.5°
% change

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

+0.7°
% 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 $29.7 billion for the second quarter 2019 (the 3 months ending July 31, 2019), up $2.7 (+/- 0.1) billion from first quarter 2019 (the 3 months ending April 30, 2019).

Released:
September 4, 2019

Next Release:
December 3, 2019

2nd Qtr 2019

+2.7
$ billion

1st Qtr 2019 (r)

+6.6
$ 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 $148.5 billion for the second quarter of 2019, down $11.6 (+/- 0.8) billion from first quarter of 2019.

Released:
September 4, 2019

Next Release:
December 3, 2019

2nd Qtr 2019

-11.6
$ billion

1st Qtr 2019 (r)

+10.4
$ 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 and Home Ownership Rate. None of the estimates are adjusted for price changes.

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