• Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2013, after increasing 4.1% in the previous quarter. Real GDP increased 1.9% in the year 2013, compared with an increase of 2.8% in 2012.
  • The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.5% in the fourth quarter, compared to an increase of 1.8% in the previous quarter. The price index increased 1.2% in the year 2013, compared to an increase of 1.7% in 2012.
  • Profits from current production increased $74.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with an increase of $39.2 billion in the third quarter. Profits from current production increased $92.6 billion in the year 2013, compared with an increase of $131.8 billion in 2012.
  • Both personal income and personal consumption expenditures increased 0.3%, in February.
  • The price index for personal consumption expenditures increased 0.1% in February. The price index (headline index) was up 0.9% from February 2013, while the core index was up 1.1%
  • New orders for manufactured durable goods increased 2.2% in February.
  • February new home sales decreased to an annualized rate of 440 thousand units. The median sales price of new houses sold was $261.8 thousand, 1.2% below February 2013.
  • The Pending Home Sales Index, a leading indicator for the housing sector, decreased 0.8% in February to 93.9, according to the National Association of Realtors.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of March 27th showed average fixed mortgage rates up a bit from last week.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 3.5% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending March 26th.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 19 thousand to 348 thousand in the week ending January 25.
  • The Employment Cost Index for total compensation rose 0.5%, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending December 2013.
  • Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in December.
  • The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 82.3 in March.
  • The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment edged up to 80.0 March.
  • Industrial production increased 0.6% in February, following a 0.2% decrease in the previous month. Capacity utilization increased to 78.8%, from 78.5%.
  • February existing home sales decreased 0.4% to an annualized rate of 4,600 thousand units, according to the National Association of Realtors. The median sales price of existing houses sold was $189.0 thousand, 9.1% above February 2013.
  • Housing starts decreased 0.2% to 907 thousand in February, while building permits rose 7.7% to 1,018 thousand.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of March 20th showed average fixed mortgage rates moving down slightly.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 1.2% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending March 14th.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 5 thousand to 320 thousand in the week ending March 15.
  • Consumer prices in February were up 0.1% from the previous month, and were up 1.1% from a year ago.
  • Advance estimates of retail and food services sales for February increased 0.3%, following a 0.6% decrease in the previous month.
  • Total manufacturing and trade sales for January decreased 0.8%, while inventories increased 0.4%.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of March 13th showed average fixed mortgage rates edging up.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 2.1% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending March 7th.
  • The federal government budget ran a deficit of $193.5 billion in February, after a deficit of $10.4 billion in the previous month.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased 9 thousand to 315 thousand in the week ending March 8.
  • The producer price index for final demand (headline index) decreased 0.1% in February, while the core index decreased 0.2%. The producer price index for final demand increased 0.9% from February 2013, while the core index increased 1.1%
  • The import price index increased 0.9% in February, while the export price index increased 0.6%. The import price index decreased 1.1% from February 2013, while export prices decreased 1.3%.
  • The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment, preliminary, decreased to 79.9 in early March.
  • Total non-farm payroll employment increased 175 thousand in February, following an increase of 129 thousand in the previous month.   Private-sector payrolls increased by 162 thousand in the month, while government employment increased by 13 thousand.
  • The unemployment rate increased to 6.7% in February, from 6.6% in January.
  • The average workweek of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased 0.1 to 34.2 hours. Average hourly earnings increased 0.4%.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance decreased 26 thousand to 323 thousand in the week ending March 1.
  • In January, international trade deficit was $39.1 billion, $0.1 billion more than the revised December figure.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of March 6th showed average fixed mortgage rates moving down.
  • Mortgage applications increased 9.4% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending March 5th.
  • Real GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013, after increasing 4.1% in the previous quarter.
  • The price index for gross domestic purchases increased 1.5% in the fourth quarter, compared to an increase of 1.8% in the previous quarter.
  • Personal income increased 0.3%, in January, while personal consumption expenditures increased 0.4%.
  • The price index for personal consumption expenditures increased 0.1% in January. The price index (headline index) was up 1.2% from January 2013, while the core index was up 1.1%
  • New orders for manufactured durable goods decreased 1.0% in January.
  • January new home sales increased 9.6% to an annualized rate of 468 thousand units.
  • The results of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey of February 28th showed average fixed mortgage rates moving higher.
  • Mortgage applications decreased 8.5% from a week earlier, according to data from Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Applications Survey for the week ending February 21.
  • The advance figure for initial claims for unemployment insurance increased 14 thousand to 348 thousand in the week ending February 22.
  • The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index decreased again in February.
  • The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment edged up in February.