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Census Bureau

New Residential Construction

01/19/2012 - 8:30am

Building permits in December 2011 were 679,000, down 0.1 percent from November but up 7.8 percent from December 2010. During the full year of 2011, permits rose 1.2 percent over 2010. Housing starts in December 2011 were 657,000, down 4.1 percent from November but up 24.9 percent from December 2010. During the full year of 2011, starts increased 3.4 percent over 2010.

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

01/13/2012 - 8:30am

The November 2011 international trade deficit rose 10.4 percent, to $47.8 billion. Exports declined 0.9 percent, to $177.8 billion, and imports increased 1.3 percent, to $225.6 billion

Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales

01/12/2012 - 10:00am

November 2011 business inventories were $1,550.1 billion, up 0.3 percent from October and up 8.5 percent from November 2010. Sales were $1,220.9 billion, up 0.3 percent from October and up 9.6 percent from November 2010.

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

01/12/2012 - 8:30am

December 2011 retail and food services sales were $400.6 billion, up 0.1 percent from the previous month and up 6.5 percent from one year ago. Total sales for the full year 2011 were up 7.7 percent from 2010. Excluding autos, retail and food services sales in December were $328.7 billion, down 0.2 percent from November and up 6.0 percent from December 2010. Total sales ex autos for all of 2011 were up 7.3 percent from 2010.

Monthly WholesaleTrade

01/10/2012 - 10:00pm

November 2011 wholesale inventories were $468.9 billion, up 0.1 percent from October and up 10.5 percent from one year earlier. Sales were $407.9 billion, up 0.6 percent from October and up 11.3 percent from November 2010.