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Economic Roundup September 2013

Consumer Prices
In July, overall CPI inflation rose to 2.0% on a year-over-year basis from 1.8% in June. The year-over-year Core CPI (CPI less food and energy) rose slightly to 1.7% from 1.6%. The core inflation rate is still trending below the Fed’s long-term goal of 2.0% and remains below the trigger rate for policy action of 2.5%.

Retail Sales
In July, Retail Sales rose 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. On a month-over-month basis, Retail Sales increased 0.2% in July which was slightly below the 0.3% consensus forecast. Overall, recent consumer spending trends have been healthy, but not robust. 

Labor Markets
The August employment report was disappointing as payrolls increased by 169,000 versus the 175,000 consensus estimate. The net revisions for job growth in June and July were -74,000. Average nonfarm payroll growth over the past three months has been about 148,000. Private payrolls increased 152,000 in August while government jobs rose 17,000. The unemployment rate declined to 7.3% from 7.4% due to a decline in the labor participation rate. Overall, the jobs report was lackluster.

Housing Starts
Single-family housing starts fell 2.2% in July to 591,000 from 604,000 in June. Meanwhile multifamily starts rose 24.8% in the month. Housing permits rose 2.7% in July. Recent housing data has been mixed, but mostly favorable.

Credit Spreads September 2013


Economic Data September 2013





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