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Economic Statistics for 6 Oct 16

The small number of chain store retailers that still report monthly sales are mostly reporting much weaker sales rates in September.

Challenger’s Job-Cut Report shows a total of 44,324 layoffs announced in September, versus August’s very low 32,188.

Gallup’s Good Jobs Rate for september fell -0.9% to 45.6%, which is still the highest September reading since 2010.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 5,000 to 249,000. The 4-week average fell 2,500 to 253,500. Continuing claims fell 6,000 to 2.058 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -0.2 points to 41.4 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $7.4 billion last week, with total assets of $4.459 trillion. Reserve bank credit fell $-6.3 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $37.3 billion in the latest week.

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