Economic Statistics for 13 Mar 14
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.9 points to -27.6 in the latest week, the highest since last August.
Initial jobless claims fell 9,000 to 315,000. The 4-week average fell 6,000 to 330,500. Continuing claims fell 48,000 to 2.855 million.
The Fed’s balance sheet rose $9.6 billion last week, with total assets of $4.181 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $11.2 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 money supply fell by $-13.9 billion in the latest week.
February retail sales rose 0.3% in February across the board, overall, less gas, and less gas and autos.
February export prices rose 0.6%, while import prices rose 0.9%. On a year-over-year basis, export prices fell 01.3%, while import prices fell -1.1%.
Business Inventories rose 0.4% in January, while a steep -0.6% drop in sales pushed the stock-to-sales ratio up to a troubling 1.32.