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Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (December 13, 2019)

The reports this week were mixed. Retail sales came in weaker than expected, but may reflect, in part, a later-than-usual start to the holiday shopping season. Unexpectedly, producer prices were flat for the month. Both consumer and import prices...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (December 6, 2019)

Taken all together, the reports during the past two weeks have been mixed. Consumer confidence declined again but remains elevated and with strong job gains, consumers continue to spend as evidenced by higher light vehicle sales. The consumer side...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (November 22, 2019)

The reports were fairly positive this week. This is especially the case for the housing reports which exceeded expectations. This end-use market may very surprise to the upside during the coming quarters. The Philly Fed business survey indicated...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (November 15, 2019)

The reports this week were mixed. On the consumer side, retail sales came in slightly ahead of expectations with gains across several categories. Led by energy, prices rose at the consumer and wholesale level, but were lower for imported goods....

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (November 8, 2019)

The reports this week were mixed. Consumer debt continued to advance (entirely on increases in non-revolving debt) and on an annual basis is growing faster than consumer spending. Following two months of increases, vehicle sales eased at the...