Economic Statistics for 13 Jan 13
Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:
Initial jobless claims fell 12,000 last week to 334,000. The 4-week average fell 7,250 to 345,250. Continuing claims rose 2,000 to 2.978 million.
May export prices fell -0.5% while import prices fell -0.6%. On a year-over-year basis, export prices fell -0.9% while import prices fell -1.9%.
May retail sales rose 0.6%, while sales ex-autos and ex-autos and -gas both rose 0.3%.
April business inventories rose 0.3%, while wholesale sales fell -0.1%.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell more than 2 points to -31.3.