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- Real consumer spending growth was moderate in December. Durable goods expenditures posted solid gains.
- Business equipment spending continued to increase robustly in the last quarter, exhibiting brisk growth overall in 2017.
- Housing indicators point to continued gradual improvement in this sector. Tight housing supply and the strong labor market have the potential to provide continuing support to the housing sector.
- Payroll growth was solid in January. The unemployment rate, labor force participation rate and employment-to-population ratio were all unchanged. The latest readings of various measures of labor compensation indicated further modest strengthening of growth.
- Core PCE inflation continued to run below the FOMC’s longer-run objective, but near-term momentum has firmed.
- After hitting record highs in late January, U.S. equity indices declined sharply. Realized and implied volatility rose significantly. The nominal 10-year Treasury yield increased sharply, and the broad trade-weighted dollar index declined.
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Read more about the launch of the series: Just Released: U.S. Economy in a Snapshot
, Liberty Street Economics
, June 2015
2018 Release Dates
Publication is normally on a Monday, with three Friday exceptions noted.
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