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Economic Roundup March 2014

Consumer Prices

In January, overall CPI inflation rose to 1.6% on a year-over-year basis from 1.5% in December. The year-over-year Core CPI (CPI less food and energy) declined to 1.6% in January from 1.7% in December. 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 January, Retail Sales rose 2.6% on a year-over-year basis versus up 3.6% in December. On a month-over-month basis, Retail Sales excluding autos and gas fell 0.2% in January which was below the consensus forecast of +0.2%. Adverse weather likely hindered retail sales during the month.

Labor Market

The February employment report was stronger than expected as payrolls rose by 175,000 versus the 150,000 consensus estimate. Net revisions for job growth in January and December were +25,000. Private payrolls increased by 162,000 in February and government jobs increased by 13,000. Although payrolls were stronger than expected in February, the unemployment rate rose to 6.7% from 6.6% in January, driven by new entrants to the labor force.

Housing Starts

Single-family housing starts fell 16.0% in January after falling 4.0% in December. Unfavorable weather may have been at least partially to blame for the declines.

Economic Roundup March 2014


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