Economic Statistics for 14 Jan 14
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index jumped 1.4 points in December to 93.9.
December retail sales rose 0.2%, with sales less autos up 0.7%, and less autos and gas up 0.6%.
In weekly retail sales, Redbook reports a 2.9% increase from the previous year. ICSC-Goldman reports a weekly sales decrease of -0.1%, and a 1.3% increase on a year-over-year basis.
Export prices rose 0.4% in December, while import prices were unchanged. On a year-over-year basis, export prices
Business Inventories rose 0.4% in November. A 0.8% sales increase left the stock-to-sales ratio unchanged at 1.29.