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Economic & Financial Highlights


Economic & Financial Highlights tracks data from a number of series. Below are the last seven days’ worth of charts, from newest to oldest, and analysis to provide context for the data. The “Search Charts” box at right allows you to search historical charts using various criteria.

Industrial Production

Filed under: Manufacturing
Published on: August 18, 2014

Industrial production (IP) rose 0.4 percent in July compared with June, its sixth consecutive monthly increase. Manufacturing production grew 1.0 percent compared with the previous month, its largest monthly gain since February. Motor vehicles and parts were particularly strong, increasing 15.3 percent over June. Utility production continued to slide for the sixth consecutive month, falling 3.4 percent from June to July. The fall in utilities was largely the result of cooler-than-usual temperatures reducing the need for energy output. Mining production moved up 0.3 percent for the month. Year over year, total IP was up 5.0 percent.

Industrial Production (year-over-year percent change)

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Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims

Filed under: Employment
Published on: August 18, 2014

In the week ending August 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 311,000 from 290,000 the week prior—the highest level since June. However, the four-week moving average (a less volatile gauge of underlying labor market conditions) was nearly 296,000, only 2,000 higher than last week's average and still nearly 15,000 below a month ago and well below the 319,000 mean so far this year.

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims (four-week moving average, seasonally adjusted, thousands)

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Business Inflation Expectations

Filed under: Inflation
Published on: August 15, 2014

In the Atlanta Fed's most recent business inflation expectations survey, respondents indicated that, on average, they expect unit costs to rise 2.0 percent during the next 12 months, up slightly from July's reading of 1.9 percent. For nearly three years, respondent firmsâ?? year-ahead inflation expectations have not changed considerably, hovering just under 2.0 percent.

Business Inflation Expectations
 (year-ahead unit cost expectations; percent, monthly)

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Federal Reserve Liabilities (Sources of Funds)

Filed under: Federal Reserve
Published on: August 14, 2014

As of July 30, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet showed total liabilities of $4.5 trillion, reflecting an increase of $38.3 billion since the last week of June. Bank reserve balances increased by $157.7 billion, while other liabilities decreased by $131.3 billion. Reverse repurchase agreements increased by $6.0 billion.

Federal Reserve Liabilities (Sources of Funds), $ billions

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Federal Reserve Assets (Uses of Funds)

Filed under: Federal Reserve
Published on: August 14, 2014

As of July 30, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet showed total assets of $4.5 trillion, reflecting an increase of $38.3 billion since the last week of June. Treasuries increased by $23.3 billion. Agency debt and MBS increased by $8.5 billion with Agency MBS being the largest contributor, increasing by $10.5 billion.

Federal Reserve Assets (Uses of Funds), $ billions

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Retail Sales

Filed under: Consumption
Published on: August 14, 2014

Total retail sales in July were flat from the previous month. Consensus expectations were for an increase of 0.2 percent. Year over year, total retail sales rose 3.7 percent, the lowest reading since February. Core retail sales (excluding auto, gas, and building materials) increased 0.1 percent from June.

Retail Sales, year-over-year percent change, seasonally adjusted

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Economic Policy Uncertainty Index

Filed under: Gauges of Sentiment
Published on: August 14, 2014

The economic policy uncertainty index increased 1 point from 81 in June to 82 in July. The index has returned to prerecession levels.

Economic Policy Uncertainty Index

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Change in Consumer Credit Outstanding

Filed under: Consumption
Published on: August 13, 2014

Consumer credit outstanding rose $17.3 billion in June from May, which was below expectations. Revolving credit grew $942 million, and nonrevolving credit grew $16.3 billion.

Change in Consumer Credit Outstanding, billion dollars, seasonally adjusted, monthly changes

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