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Economic statistics for 1 Nov 11

Today’s economic statistical releases:

Weekly retail sales: ICSC Goldman reports a 0.7% weekly rise in same-store sales and 3% year-on-year, while Redbook reports a year-on-year rate of 5.2%.

Despite some positive indicators, the ISM Manufacturing Index fell to a weaker than expected 50.8 from 51.6 last month. On the positive side, the key sub-index of new orders, which have been contracting for the last 3 months, show expansion in this report. The prices paid index also dropped substantially as prices for manufacturing inputs fell.

Construction spending in September gained 0.2% over the pervious month, which is still positive, but far slower than last month’s 1.4%. On a year over year basis, spending fell -1.3%.

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