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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in March 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for March 2011. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent, slightly below private-sector expectations. Retail and food services sales, excluding autos, were up 0.8 percent, consistent with private-sector expectations. Motor vehicle sales fell 1.7 percent, and sales at gasoline stations jumped 2.6 percent. Sales at gasoline stations comprise about 10 percent of total retail sales.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on February 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the February 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in February 2011 decreased 1.4 percent from January 2011 to $165.1 billion, with record exports of services ($47.2 billion). U.S. imports of goods and services decreased 1.7 percent over this period to $210.9 billion, causing the U.S.

Under Secretary Blank Attends Ron Brown Dedication

New York, NY, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Commerce Department Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Rebecca M. Blank attended the dedication for the new United States’ United Nations Mission building in honor of the late U. S. Commerce Department Secretary Ronald H. Brown. Former Secretary Brown lost his life while on a trade mission to Croatia 15 years ago.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on New Residential Construction in February 2011

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released data on new residential construction in February 2011. Permits for new housing units fell 8.2 percent in February, while private-sector analysts had expected a small 1.2-percent rise. Housing starts dropped 22.5 percent in February. Private-sector analysts had expected a moderate 4.4-percent decline. However, analysts still generally expect a notable pick-up in housing activity for both 2011 and 2012.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in February 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for February 2011. Retail sales jumped 1.0 percent, a strong monthly gain and the eighth consecutive monthly increase. This figure was slightly below private-sector expectations of a 1.2-percent gain. Sales at motor vehicle dealers increased 2.3 percent. Sales excluding automotive dealers increased 0.7 percent, consistent with private-sector expectations of a 0.7 percent gain.

Work plan on Statistics Signed at the 21st U.S.-China JCCT Meeting

Work Plan on Statistics Signed at the 21st U.S.-China JCCT MeetingWashington, D.C., December 15, 2010 - Under Secretary Rebecca Blank, signs a work plan for the Statistics Working Group at the 21st meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Washington D.C. on December 15, 2010.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on January 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the January 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in January 2011 increased 2.7 percent from December 2010 to $167.7 billion, the highest level for monthly exports on record with record exports in both exports of goods ($120.5 billion), and exports of services ($47.2 billion). U.S.

Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank Discusses New Women in America Report at Center for American Progress

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2011 - Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank joined Tina Tchen, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls; Preeta Bansal, senior policy advisor and general counsel of the Office of Management and Budget; and a panel of experts at the Center for American Progress today to discuss the findings of a new White House report, "Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being." The discussion focused on women's present role in families, education, employment, health, and crime in American Society.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms on Personal Income and Outlays in January 2011

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for January 2011. Personal income increased 1.0 percent in January, exceeding private-sector expectations of a 0.4-percent rise. Wages and salaries, the largest component of income, rose 0.3 percent, perhaps hampered by more severe than usual weather in some parts of the country. Real consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent in January but has already risen 0.8 percent at an annual rate above its fourth-quarter average.

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