Economic Statistics for 15 Mar 13
Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:
The CPI jumped 0.7% in February, while the core rate, ex-food and -energy, rose 0.2%. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI is up 2.0% at both the headline and core rates.
Industrial production rose a sharp 0.7% in February, while capacity utilization in the nation’s factories rose 0.5% to 79.6%.
The Consumer Sentiment Index plunged to 71.8 for March from last month’s 77.6.
Foreign investment in US securities slowed to a net $25.7 billion in January, down from $64.2 billion in December.
The Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell 0.8 points to 9.24 in March. Readings above 0 are generally positive.