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Baby, It's Cold Outside

What are the coldest locations in the United States, and what heating sources do residents in those chilly climes rely upon to warm up their homes?


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Data is the Key to the Factory of the Future

By helping inform the design process before any physical product is created, data-driven design can cut costs and ensure that final products will be better aligned with customer preferences.


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Commerce Explores the Value of Government Data

Everyone is talking about the importance of data to our society as data improves all of our decisions: those we make as individuals, as businesses, as governments.


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ACS: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Making government data more accessible or “open” to improve government, business and community decisions is a major initiative in the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda.”


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Assess Costs Everywhere – Now Even Better!

The Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool outlines the wide range of costs and risks associated with offshore production, and provide links to important public and private resources, so that firms can more accurately assess the total cost of operating overseas.


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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on the Advance Estimate of GDP in the Fourth Quarter of 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis today reported that real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the advance estimate.

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Highlights of U.S. Economic Growth in 2014

Photo of Under Secretary Mark Doms on a conference call.Today, I joined Standard and Poor's Chief Economist Beth Ann Bovino to discuss this morning's 2014 Q4 GDP Advance Estimate, which came in at 2.6%. Business Forward hosted the call with a live national audience of more than 150 business leaders and leading economic reporters from across the country.

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Data Snapshot of the Week: Baby, It's Cold Outside

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House Heating ChartWhat are the coldest locations in the United States, and what heating sources do residents in those chilly climes rely upon to warm up their homes?

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Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

More than one quarter of American homes have not adopted Internet service, many citing cost as their primary reason. Since market competition can significantly affect consumer prices, we set out to ask: how many Internet service providers (ISPs) are available to consumers at different levels of download speeds?

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