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Category: Economic Trends

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (October 16, 2020)

This week’s economic reports were mixed. Consumer, producer and import prices all moved up but inflation (as measured by rear earlier comparisons) remains muted. Small business optimism improved. Retail sales had another gain and exceeded...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (October 9, 2020)

This week’s economic reports were few in number and positive. The non-manufacturing side of the economy rose for the fourth month in a row and at a stronger pace. Light vehicle sales -- an indicator because it measures both the demand- and...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (October 2, 2020)

This week’s economic reports were largely positive. Consumer confidence is rebounding, as are plans to purchase homes, new autos, and appliances. Construction gained for the third consecutive month and manufacturing continues to lead recovery. The...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (September 25, 2020)

This week’s economic reports were centered in housing and were positive, as a move from urban areas to suburban areas (and beyond) supports this important sector and, in turn, many chemistries. New claims for unemployment fell from the March highs...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (September 18, 2020)

This week’s economic reports were positive but definitely portray a slowing recovery. Retail sales slowed as did industrial activity, but the most recent regional surveys indicate that manufacturing continued to expand in September. Import prices...