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Economic Roundup March 2013

Consumer Prices
In January, overall CPI inflation fell to 1.6% on a year-over-year basis from 1.7% in December. The year-over-year Core CPI (CPI less food and energy) was unchanged at 1.9%. The core inflation rate remains below the Fed’s long-term goal of 2.0% and well below the trigger rate for policy action of 2.5%.

Retail Sales
In January, Retail Sales rose 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. On a month-over-month basis, Retail Sales rose 0.1% in January, in line with expectations. Overall, recent consumer spending trends have been modest.

Labor Markets
The February employment report showed that payrolls increased by 236,000 (exceeding the consensus estimate of 171,000). The unemployment rate fell to 7.7% from 7.9% in January. Private payrolls were up 246,000 (vs. expectations of 195,000), while government jobs fell 10,000 in February. The net revisions in nonfarm payrolls for December and January were down 15,000. Overall, improvement in the labor market continues to be modest.

Housing Starts
Single-family housing starts rose 0.8% in January to 613,000 from 608,000 in December. Multifamily starts fell 24.1% in January after spiking in December. Though housing starts were weaker than expected in January, there was an ongoing increase in housing permits. Housing permits rose 1.8% in the month which was slightly more than expected. In our view, recent data suggests that the housing market continues to improve.

Credit Spreads March 2013

Economic Data March 2013


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