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Economic Statistics for 15 Oct 15

Consumer Prices fell -0.2% overall in September, while the core rate, less food and energy, rose 0.2%. The CPI is unchanged on a year-over-year basis, though the core CPI is up 1.9%.

The Empire State manufacturing survey improved slightly in October, though still coming in at a poor -11.36 from -14.67.

The Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey stayed in negative territory rising to only -4.5 in October from -6.0.

With the 2015 US Government Fiscal Fear complete, a $91.1 billion surplus in September leaves the annual deficit down by 9.2% to $438.9 billion for the year. The annual  budget deficit was 2.5% of GDP, versus  2.8% in FY2014.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 7,000 to 255,000. The 4-week average fell 2,250 to 265,000. Continuing claims fell 22,000 to 2.201 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.4 points to 45.2 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $18.5 billion last week, with total assets of $4.505 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $4.6 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $2.1 billion in the latest week.

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