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Economic Roundup September 2012

Consumer Prices
In July, overall CPI inflation eased to 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Consumer prices remained soft, reflecting a decline in energy prices. The year-over-year Core CPI (CPI less food and energy) edged down to 2.1% in July, from 2.2% in June. The core inflation rate remains slightly higher than the Fed’s inflation target of 2.0%.

Labor Markets
The August employment report showed that the economy added just 96,000 new jobs, below the 125,000 consensus estimate. In addition, the net revisions for June and July were down 41,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in August from 8.3% in July, but this was mainly due to a decline in the labor force. The employment report continues to reflect an overall slow pace of growth in the domestic economy.

Retail Sales
In July, retail sales rose 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. On a month-over-month basis, retail sales rose 0.8% in July, exceeding the consensus forecast of 0.3%. Consumer spending has rebounded from the depths of the recession, but recent activity has slowed down. Elevated unemployment levels and a recent decline in consumer confidence are likely restraining consumer spending.

Housing Starts
Single-family housing starts declined 6.5% to 502,000 in July, following a 4.7% rise in June. July starts were close to expectations. The housing market appears to have stabilized and some data has surprised to the upside this year.

Credit Spreads September 2012Economic Data September 2012


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