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In February growth in Consumer Prices moderates

CPI contunued to grow in February but on the smaller pace than in two previous months, as a decline in energy costs didn't immediately filter through the rest of the economy.
The Labor Department announced total cpi edge up by 0.1 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis. Consumer prices rose by 2.7 % in the past 12 months, as the core rate increased on the slower rate than total consumer price index.
Core CPI the measure of retail-level inflation that strips out food and energy prices to get a better handle on underlying inflationary trends, increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.
Some economists prefer core cpi over the total CPI, because they believe it provides a better idea of longer-term inflationary trends.
Core rate of consumer price inflation grew by 2.2 % over the past 12 months.

Food & beverages prices continue to grow by higher rate, food prices increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, where prices for food at home grew the most. Food prices remained unchanged for the year.

Energy dropped by -1 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, compare to a year ago energy prices soared by 15.2 %.

Apparel prices have increased by smaller rate than a month ago, apparel prices increased by 0.6 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by price increases for mens, boys, infants and toddlers apparel. Apparel prices rose by 0.4 % over the past 12 months.

Prices for housing have increased on the same pace like in previous month, housing grew by 0.3 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, energy services rose the most, by 1 %. Over the last 12 months, prices for housing soared by 3.2 %.

Personal Income and Spending

Wages up 0.4 % in January spending ebbs

Americans cut back on spending in January and used a hefty increase in wages to pad their savings accounts, government data showed.
Personal income inched up 0.4 % in January at the annualized rate of $16.44 trillion on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Commerce Department.
The renewed caution by consumers is a double-edged sword. While Americans need to put more money aside to boost a low savings rate, lackluster spending also contributes to slower growth. (Consumer spending accounts for as much as 70% of U.S. economic activity.).

Meanwhile, disposable income advanced by 0.3 %, less than overall income, due to 0.7% increase in taxes, averaging income $44,347 at the annualized rate for every American.

Consumer spending slowed to a 5.6 % pace in the forth quarter from a 6.4 % pace in the third quarter, spending for durable goods grew the most. In the forth quarter Personal income grew by 3.9 %, the U.S. savings rate was at 5.5 %.
The growth in Wages has accelerated, led by highest increase in Manufacturing, salaries in Government Sector grew as well, the supplements to wages and salaries grew less than total wages, as employer boost contributions for government social insurance.




Personal consumption expenditures remained unchanged. The combination of higher income and lower spending allowed consumers to boost their savings rate to 5.6 % from 5.4 % in September.
A slower pace of consumer spending is one reason that economists are cutting estimates for gross domestic product growth.



Industrial production

Industrial production rebounded in February

The output of the nation's factories progressed again after dipping in the last month, consumers turned on their air conditioners and elevated utilities output.
Industrial production grew in double digits in February by 29.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, elevating capacity utilization to 75.4 %. The government report has revealed some weakness as output increase was driven by higher elctricity consumption.

Rebound in industrial output is good news, as manufacturing sector accounts as one of the most economically sensitive parts of the U.S. economy, the expension should dampen fears of a recession. Production edged up by 0.3 % over the past 12 months, led by growth in computer and electronic products by 4.8 %.
Manufacturing of durable goods grew in double digits by 31.9 %, led by production of nonmetallic mineral products with 53 %, on the seasonally adjusted basis.

Mining output continue to grow by higher rate, production of mines grew in double digits by 31.5 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. Output of nations mines jumped by 3 % for the year.

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New Orders up 1.34 % in February

Factory orders continued to grow, excluding defense booking grew even faster 1.55 %. That category excludes defense and gives a better indication of longer-term trends in the private sector.
Orders for U.S.-made products increased in February on the seasonally adjusted basis by 1.34 % to $476 billions, an increase of $6.3 billions from $470 in January, reported by the Commerce Department.
These data represent an encouraging confirmation that the growth in manufacturing activity is continuing. New orders jumped by 4.96 % for the year, and shipments by 3.71 %.

Inventories remained unchanged in February on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Commerce Department. Inventory to shipments ratio fell to 1.35 from 1.35 in the previous month.

Another category of orders closely watched by economists, known as excluding defense and transportation, orders have climbed by 1.55 % on the seasonally adjusted basis and inventories by 1.55 % %.
Some economists prefer core cpi over the total CPI, because they believe it provides a better idea of longer-term inflationary trends.
Over the past 12 months, excluding defense and transportation bookings grew by 4.65 %, but unfilled orders fell by -5.98 %.

Shipments increased in February by 0.34 % to $480 billions, an increase of $2 billions from $478 in January on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Commerce Department. Shipments excluding transportation grew by 0.52 %.

Unfilled orders continue to grow by higher rate, unfilled orders increased by 0.11 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by 6.96 % growth in household appliances, representing 0.11 % of total unfilled bookings. total factory inventories dropped by -5.81 % from Feb. 2016.

Factory shipments by industry

Factory new orders by industry

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U.S. GDP revised to 2.1 % in the forth-quarter

The third and final government estimate of forth-quarter GDP, shows that the nations output has accelerated in the forth-quarter, helped by more robust consumer spending and growth in investments.
In the forth-quarter Gross domestic product has climbed by 2.1 % to $18,869 billions, an increase from $18,675 billions in the third-quarter on the seasonally adjusted basis, driven by higher investments, up 9.4 %, reported by the Commerce Department. Consumer spending and investments made major positive contributions to growth in the forth-quarter.
Constantly improving pace of economic growth is expected to be matched by improving labor market.
The revised GDP data showed strong gains registered by consumers in spending and income, which were revised higher than in the previous quarter. Salaries and Worker wages grew by 1.02 % quarterly.
U.S. economy advanced by 2.0 % from the same quarter one year ago, led by growth in consumer spending and investments.

This is the third and final revision in the government's estimate of forth-quarter growth in goods and services. The government provides three estimates of economic growth each reflecting more complete information than the previous one.

State and local government spending rose 1.00 % up from 0.00 % in previous period, government spending contributed 3,304 of a percentage point to growth. Spending by government at all levels increased by 0.20 %.

In the forth-quarter consumer spending grew by 3.5 %
With estimated annual rate of $12,806 billions, seasonally adjusted in the third-quarter, consumer spending accounts for 69.41 % of economic activity on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by growing demand for electricity and gas.
Spending on U.S. made Goods increased by 3.3 %, where consumption of Durable Goods grew by 11.4 %, led by growing demand for new cars.
Growth in nondurable goods of 2.4 %, as other nondurable goods grew the most, up 0.12 %.
Sevice sector grew more than in previous quarter and faster than gross national product, spending on service increased by 6.0 %, led by growing demand for electricity and gas. Consumer spending for services accounts for 68.6% of total speding and 47.19% of total GDP.

Final sales, which exclude inventory behavior, were down to a 1.1 % gain in the forth-quarter, following a 2.0 % gain in the third-quarter.
Consumers remain interested more in shedding debt than in making new purchases, economists said.

U.S. economy advanced by 1.6 % for the year 2016, compare to 2.6 % in the year 2015.
Investments soared by 9.40 % to $3,020 billions and accelerated on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Commerce Department.
Stronger inventory buildup from October-through-December, added 52.40 percentage point to growth.
Economists expect companies to cut back on inventories in the January-through-March quarter. As a result, GDP growth is expected to slow.

A potential obstacle to higher growth, however, are waning corporate profits, which grew only 0.52 % quarterly, led by .
U.S. growth would have been even faster if imports, which subtract from GDP, hadn't increased sharply: Imports rose 9.00 % from 0.60 % in the forth-quarter.

Housing Starts

Housing starts accelerates

Housing starts increased on the faster pace again, as a decline in northeast didn't immediately impact the rest of the construction sector.
In February the number of homes under construction grew by 3.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis to annual rate of 1,288,000 units, an increase of 42,000 units from 1,246,000 in January. Most of February´s growth took place in the West and it was concentrated in single-family buildings.

New building grew 43.6 % in the West while the construction of single-family units increased 6.0 % to 872,000 units.

The starts data can be highly volatile, with data having a margin of error of plus or minus 13%.

Despite recent growth, new construction of homes is still below the average level of 897,214 units.

From Feb. 2016, housing starts jumped by 6.2 %, where construction in the Northeast grew the most, by 48.8 %.

Permits dropped by -5.6 % or 72,000 units to an annual rate of 1,288,000 units, from 1,246,000 in January on the seasonally adjusted basis Demand for building permits fell the most in the Northeast and it was concentrated in multi-dwelling buildings such as apartments.

The issuance of new permits declined -22.8 % to annual rate of 119,000 units in the Northeast while the permits for multi-family units decreased -20.1 % accounting for 32.3 % of total building permits issued.

Permits indicate whether demand for new homes is growing or slowing. Over the past 12 months, monthly building permits grew by 4.4 %

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March job growth slows to 98,000

The U.S. added less jobs in March and the nation's jobless rate dropped, as the nonfarm payrolls increase in public and private sectors.
The economy gained a net 98,000 non-farm jobs in March and the unemployment rate improved to 4.5 %, from 4.9 %, on the seasonally adjusted basis, the Labor Department said.

Companies in the private service providing sector hired 61,000 workers and payrolls in goods-producing industries rose by 28,000, bringing overall job growth in the pivate sector to 89,000. Nonfarm payrolls were strong accross the board in the March report, improvement in the private sector, was followed by the job growth in public sector, as the government hired 9,000 people.
While one month does not make a trend and we are coming off few solid payroll reports, the employment report suggests that momentum is slowing relative to market expectations. The number of employed workers increased 1.30 % to 153,00 millions, as professional and business services sectors created 56,000 new jobs, the retail sector has lost -29,700 jobs.

The decline in the unemployment rate, which is based on a separate household survey, seemed solid. The number of unemployed people dropped to 7.20 million, a decrease by -643,000 from 7.85 million in February by -8.20 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.
The labor force increased by 1,313,000 in March, lifting the percentage of civilians who have or want a job up to 63.00 % from 62.90 %.

In March Average hourly earnings soared by 2.99 % despite decrease in hours of production, on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Labor Department.
On a year-over-year basis, earnings were up 2.79 %, This is above the 2.7 % year-over-year increase in the consumer price index in March.

Average workweek decreased by -0.58 % to 34.30hours, a decrease by $0.20 from 34.50 in February in March on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the Labor Department.
With soar in hourly earnings and decrease in hours worked, average weekly earnings increased in the private sector to $896.60 from $875.61 in the previous month.

Job growth by Industry

Salary by Industry

International Trade

Month of February saw declining trade gap by -10.2 %

The U.S. Economy saw higher demand for its products and services as the exports rose to 192.9 billion, narrowing the Trade deficit in February, after widening in January, as the consumption of foreign produced goods declined.
In February the U.S. Commerce Department announced that, nations trade gap dropped by -10.2 %. Growing exports, the narrowing trade deficit, will eventually contribute to the GDP growth, but the decrease in consumption of energy-related petroleum products, suggest that the economy could be slowing, economists said.


The U.S. trade deficit with China narrowed to $-23 billion in February from the deficit of $-31.3 billion recorded in January, led by declining imports from China.

Growth in China and other developing nations have also downshifted, cutting into demand for U.S. goods.

In February imports decreased by -1.73 % to $236.4 billion, as the United States decrease imports of Cars, parts, and engines and Travel services. U.S. Imports of Advanced Materials also declined, by -19.09 % to $0.20 billions. Unlike the overall trend, imports of Industrial supplies, materials, Royalties and License Fees, grew. Imports of Weapons increased also, up 12.90 % to $0.07 billions.

Dreams that U.S. exports can drive the economy forward without consumer spending are not realistic, noted by some economists. U.S. Imports of services increased 0.09 %, but weakining demand for foreign made goods, posted a drag on imports, goods accounted for 81.8 %, of total imports in February, they declined by -2.12 %.

Imports from europe fell, where trade with Switzerland fell the most, but trade with Norway grew by 19.48 %.
U.S. Demand for goods from Pacific Rim Countries fell, as imports from Hong Kong declined, but imports of goods from Singapore grew.
Trade with other North American countries was mixed, consumption of goods from Canada declined, while imports from Mexico advanced.


U.S. trade gap dropped by -5.1 % from Jan. 2016, due to 9.40 % increase in exports.

Exports grew in February by 0.41 % to $192.9 billion, reported by the Commerce Department, led by 17.78 % growth in miscellaneous other goods and Other Transportation services. Exports of Nuclear Technology also went up, by 467.50 % to $0.23 billions. But exports of Foods, feeds, and beverages fell the most, down -5.82 % and Passenger Fares declined by -2.03 %. U.S. Exports of Flexible Manufacturing declined as well, by -8.04 % to $1.37 billions.
American exporters have been helped by a foreign-exchange rate, a weaker dollar makes U.S. goods cheaper in other countries. U.S. Exports of services increased by 0.42 %, services accounted for 0.42 % of total exports, sales of U.S. made products, grew by 0.4 %.

Demand for U.S. made goods fell in Brazil, Colombia and overall South and Central America.
Exports to europe improved, where demand of U.S made goods in Russia grew the most, but exports to Finland fell by -30.32 %.
Products made in U.S. have seen declining demand form Pacific Rim Countries, as exports to Hong Kong declined, but exports of goods to Singapore grew.

Exports of Goods by Selected Countries & Areas

Imports of crude oil and petroleum products

Retail Inventories

U.S. Retailers saw higher build-up of invetories in January

The build up in retail inventories accelerated due to growing inventories at the car dealars.
The Commerce Department announced U.S. retail inventories surged , to $613 billions from $608 billions, lifting inventory to sales ratio to 1.47 from 1.46 in previous month, below recent average, suggesting that companies are experiencing higher demand for their goods by 0.8 % in January to , to $613 billions from $608 billions, lifting inventory to sales ratio to 1.47 from 1.46 in previous month, below recent average, suggesting that companies are experiencing higher demand for their goods on the seasonally adjusted basis. The build up in inventories at the car dealers of 2.4 %, has largely contributed to overall increase in total retail inventories.

The inventories to sales ratios show the relationship of the end-of-month values of inventory to the monthly sales. These ratios can be looked at as indications of the number of months of inventory that are on hand in relation to the sales for a month. Retail inventories have climbed by 3.9 % for the year, led by inventory build up of 9.5 %, at the car dealars.
Inventories excluding motor vehicle and parts fell, led by food and beverage stores, inventory liquidation of -0.4 %, by -0.01 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, to $395.3 billions, from $395.3 billion in December.

The restocking of invetories has deteriorated more than the retail sales, decreasing inventory to sales ratio, excluding motor vehicles inventories, to 1.24 from 1.25.

Retail inventories by category

Inventory to sales ratio

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Retail sales growth continues to slow in February

The growth in retail and food services sales, continues to slow, after the slowdown in January, as as the consumer spent less on electronics and appliance by -2.8 %, soften total sales.
The Commerce Department announced U.S. retail sales increased a slim 0.1 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis. February advance follows a gain of 0.7% in January.

Soft sales are generally unwelcomed news for investors, as retail sales account for about half of total consumer spending and about a third of final sales in the U.S. economy. Sales rose by 5.7 % in the past 12 months, as the sales excluding motor vehicle and parts increased on the higher rate than total sales over the past 12 months.
Sales excluding motor vehicle and parts increased sequentially by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by sales increases in online shopping, furniture and home furnishings stores. Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores sales fell.

Some economists prefer core sales over the total retail and food services sales, because they believe it provides a better idea of longer-term retail sales trends.
Sales excluding cars jumped by 6.3 % for the year.



Sales of essentials in a potentially worrisome sign, fell at virtually all the establishments that tend to rely on discretionary income — extra money consumers have left over after paying bills and for necessities, sales declined by -0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, as gasoline station sales fell the most. Over the past 12 months, sales of essentials grew by 7.1 %.

In February, sales improved 0.7% at health and personal care stores, internet retailers increased by 1.2%, building materials dealers went up by 1.8%.

Meanwhile, sales declined -1.1% at department stores, clothing and accessories stores -0.5%.

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Advance monthly sales growth

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Durable Goods orders grow again in January

New orders for Durable Goods are on the rise again, after recent weakness, as bookings outgrow production.
Orders for U.S.-made products designed to last at least three years grew in double digits in January by 24,154,609.91 % to $230 billions, an increase of $230 billions from $0 in December on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by 940,915.72 % increase in electrical equipment orders, representing 4.23 % of total bookings, reported by the U.S. Commerce Department.

The rise in demand last month was lead by transportation and defense, but almost every sector tracked by the Commerce Department reported an increase.
The expansion in durable goods orders is an encouraging sign, particularly in light of the loss of momentum in the manufacturing sector evident in recent survey reports.

From Jan. 2016, new bookings for U.S.-made products designed to last three years or more, such as autos or appliances deteriorated by -2.43 % and unfilled orders by -6.77 %.

In December new orders were revised to -2.10 % decline to $0 billions and shipments to $238 billions an increase by 1.63 %.

The Commerce Department announced total durable goods inventories edge up by 0.03 % to $384 billions, an increase of $0 billions from $384 in December in January on the seasonally adjusted basis, as inventories of defense aircraft and parts grew 454.41 % to $62 billions, accounting for 16.2 % of total durable goods inventories. Government purchases of defense products are uneven and can sometimes distort the data. Inventory to shipments ratio fell to 1.61 from 1.64 in the previous month.

Core capital equipment goods, which the government uses to help calculate quarterly reports on U.S. growth, orders soared by 6,344,260.08 % less than a half of the growth in total bookings, on the seasonally adjusted basis and unfilled orders by 1.55 %.
Some economists prefer core sales over the total retail and food services sales, because they believe it provides a better idea of longer-term retail sales trends.
Core capital goods orders dropped by -6.02 % and unfilled orders by -8.10 % from Jan. 2016.

The Commerce Department announced total durable goods shipments edge up by 0.13 % to $238 billions, an increase of $0 billions from $238 in December in January on the seasonally adjusted basis, as shipments of computers and related products grew the most, up 5.51 % to $2 billions. Shipments excluding the volatile transportation sector, grew by 0.40 %.

Unfilled orders decreased by -1.27 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, as unfilled orders for aircrafts and parts went down -3.57 % to $571 billions, accounting for 51.24 % of total durable goods unfilled bookings. total durable goods inventories dropped by -6.77 % from Jan. 2016.

Durable goods shipments by industry

Durable goods new orders by industry

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U.S. construction spending dropped in January

Outlays for U.S. construction projects fell after recent increases, pulled down by decline in construction outlays for transportation projects.
The Commerce Department reported total construction spending dropped by -1 % in January on the seasonally adjusted basis. February advance follows a gain of 0.7% in January.

Since construction outlays are one of the important sources of domestic growth, declining construction spending is generally a negative sign. Outlays rose by 5.2 % in the past 12 months, as the public construction outlays increased on the slower rate than total construction spending.

Spending on private construction projects jumped despite the decrease in total construction outlays, by 0.5 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.
Private residential spending is important indicator of wealth, as it shows the state of the housing sector and if the citizens are buying new homes or not.
From the same month a year ago, private construction outlays jumped by 13 %.

December outlays for U.S. construction projects were revised to $1192.2 billion to show 0.7 % growth.

Public construction outlays faded faster than total construction outlays by -5 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, spending for health care and transportation projects fell faster among nonresidential outlays.
Private residential spending is important indicator of wealth, as it shows the state of the housing sector and if the citizens are buying new homes or not.
Government construction outlays fell by -10.4 % from Jan. 2016.

Construction spending by category

Growth in construction outlays

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Wholesale prices grow less then a month ago

U.S. Producer price index continued to rise in February, but on the lower pace.
The Wholesale price Index increased by 0.3 % in February on the seasonally adjusted basis, reported by the U.S. Labor Department. Overall PPI grew by 2.2 % over the past 12 months, as the core rate increased on the slower rate than total ppi.

Prices for finished consumer goods have increased by smaller rate than a month ago, finished goods prices grew by 0.3 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, prices for finished goods soared by 3.9 %.

Yet using a different measure of inflation that strips out food and energy, the core rate grew equally to total producer price index by 0.3 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, copper and core intermediate materials prices grew above average. Durable goods prices fell.
Core PPI, which is believed to be closely watched by the Federal Reserve, because it usually gives a better idea of longer-term inflationary trends.
Producer price index excluding food and energy advanced by 1.4 % for the year.

Crude materials prices have increased by smaller rate than a month ago, finished goods prices declined by -0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, as prices for crude fuel fell the mostmostd22. Core rate rose by 1.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. The core component is one of key leading indicators of inflation. Compare to a year ago crude materials prices soared by 19.4 %.

Prices for intermediate goods have increased by smaller rate than a month ago, intermediate prices surged by 0.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. Core intermediate prices excluding food and energy jumped by 0.5 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. The core component of PPI is viewed as a key leading indicator of inflation. Over the past 12 months, intermediate prices grew by 5 %.

Intermediate products are items such as steel, processed from iron ore, before it is made into cars.

Investors are monitoring how corporations are passing along rising commodity prices onto consumers, which may signal the rise of inflation.

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GM, Ford capitalize on retail demand


In NovemberU.S. sales of new cars and trucks grew by 14.3 % to 1,539,841 units, higher than recent number of average monthly sales, from the same period last year.
But while the numbers were better than a year ago, as shoppers trickled back into the marketplace, analysts had been expecting more from all three.

Compare to month before, auto sales rose by 9.8 %, although the sales in November are usually softer.
Ford Motor Co. sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. grew in November by 5.2 %. Ford said it sold 197,574 new vehicles in November in the U.S., up from 187,794 a year ago and 4.6 % above October total of 1,347,060.

Ford believes that, the current momentum is not an aberration. Company believes replacement demand will continue to support stronger levels, and Ford is ready to meet that demand with high-quality, fuel-efficient cars, utilities and trucks.


General Motors Co. reported a 10.2 % gain in November U.S. car sales from a year ago, to 252,644 vehicles. Despite the impressive headline number, month of November has revealed, that worlds biggest car manufacturer is losing market share, on its own domestic market. GM's U.S. marketshare fell to 16.41 % from 17.02 % a year ago.
The Buick brand notched the biggest gains up 16.1 % from a year earlier, to 18,530 units. Other three GM brands reported growth as well, GMC vehicles up 14.1 %, Chevrolet 8.1 %, while Cadillac sales went up 14.5 % to 15,326 vehicles.

Across the board, November was a strong month for GM. The combination of new products, available credit, lower fuel prices and modest economic growth had strong influence on consumer behavior.

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Productivity and wages are up

Americans have earned more in third-quarter and productivity grew as well, as productivity of nonfarm business, manufacturing of durable goods as well as total manufacturing played also a role in the advance.
In the third-quarter U.S. productivity grew by 3.4 % on the seasonally adjusted basis. Recent increase in hourly income helps Americans to spend more. Consumer spending is by far the bigger source of U.S. growth. Adding to the positive news rising productivity could result in higher profitability for businesses, despite the wage increases.
Output continues to grow by higher rate, production jumped by 3.5 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.

Over the past 12 months, mainly because increase in the labor costs, productivity in U.S. businesses decreased by -0.1 %. U.S. business production advanced by 1.7 % for the year.

U.S. real hourly compensation has rebounded from the decline in previous period, helping to improve consumer spending the largest contributor to the nation's economic growth, the hourly wages rose by 1.9 % on the seasonally adjusted basis.
The measure includes accrued inflation-adjusted wages and salaries, supplements, employer contributions to employee benefit plans, and taxes. U.S. hourly inflation-adjusted compensation rose by 1 % over the past 12 months.

U.S. labor costs have increased by smaller rate than a quarter ago, the business labor costs increased by 0.2 % on the seasonally adjusted basis, led by increases in nonfarm business, durable goods manufacturing and in total manufacturing.

The measures of unit labor costs describe the relationship between compensation per hour and productivity U.S. labor costs grew by 2.2 % over the past 12 months.
II Quarter productivity was revised to -0.7 % decline.

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