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Economy in Brief
Chicago Purchasing Managers Index Surges
Chicago purchasing managers indicated that their August index of General Business Conditions jumped to 64.3 this month...
Europe Is Beset with High Unemployment and Disinflation
Today's data underscore the difficulty faced by the European Monetary Union...
U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Up; Corporate Profits Surge
The second GDP estimate for Q2 indicated a 4.2% rate of growth, revised up from 4.0%...
Kansas City Fed Factory Sector Activity Weakens M/M
The Kansas City Fed reported that its August Composite index of 10th District factory sector activity deteriorated to 3...
U.S. Initial Unemployment Claims Are Little-Changed
Initial claims for jobless insurance during the week ended August 23 slipped to 298,000 from 299,000 in the prior week...
U.S. Pending Home Sales Recover
Pending sales of single-family homes jumped 3.3% (-2.1% y/y) during July...
by Tom Moeller June 2, 2011
Manufacturing orders pulled back 1.2% during April after a 3.8% March jump, revised up from 3.0%. Consensus expectations were for a 1.0% decline in total factory orders. For durable goods only, orders fell an unrevised 3.6%. As indicated last week, much of the decline in durables was due to aircraft. Nondurable goods orders, which equal shipments, rose 0.6% (14.6% y/y). Apparel shipments rose 0.9% (5.3% y/y) but chemical shipments fell 0.3% (+1.0% y/y).
Inventory building continued strong at 1.3% (12.3% y/y), although the figure was biased due to higher oil prices. Durable inventories jumped 0.9% (12.7% y/y) but nondurables surged 1.9% due to the 6.2% jump (35.6% y/y) in petroleum. Growth in unfilled orders moderated to 0.3% for the month. The 5.4% y/y gain masks, however, the strength of a 12.6% rise in backlogs less the transportation sector. It was led by a 31.2% y/y gain in backlogs of machinery orders and a 22.3% gain in electrical equipment, appliances & components.
The factory sector figures are available in Haver's USECON database.
Assessing Potential Financial Imbalances in an Era of Accommodative Monetary Policy is yesterday's speech by Fed Vice Chair Janet L. Yellen and it can be found here.
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