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US Economic Indicators for Today: PPI Up 0.9%; Industrial Production Rose 0.4%; Capital inflows $75B

Here is a quick summary of a the key US economic indicators released today: Producer Price Index (PPI); Industrial production and capacity utilization; International capital flows; Housing confidence index; MBA Mortgage Applications Survey. 

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US Economic Indicators: Trade Deficit Declines 1%; Wholesale Trade Jumps 1%

The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly declined 1% in November to $58.2 billion, the smallest since July 2005 as exports reached a record and oil imports declined, reports the Department of Commerce. 

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Key U.S. Economic Indicators for Today: ISM Services Slows; Factory Orders Up

Here is a quick summary of the key U.S. economic indicators released today: ISM Services Index slows; Factory Orders increased; Pending Home Sales eased; December retail sales rose 3.1%; Auto Sales decline; Challenger layoff report; and Monsters Online Employment report.

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Manufacturing Growth Slows to 2.8% in 2007: NAM 2007 Economic Outlook

Despite the drag from residential housing, solid growth in other sectors, particularly business investment and trade, will limit the negative impact of housing on the overall economy, and will find a "soft landing" in 2007, according to the National Association of Manufacturers' 2007 Economic Outlook. 

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Durable Goods Orders up 1.9% to $214.2 billion in November

New orders for manufactured durable goods in November increased $4.0 billion or 1.9 percent to $214.2 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This was the third increase in the last four months and followed an 8.2 percent October decrease. 

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U.S. Service Sector Generated Over $875 billion Revenue in Q3 2006

Major U.S. service industries revenue for the third quarter of 2006 was little over $875 billion, according to the Department of Commerce data. U.S. information sector revenue for the third calendar quarter of 2006,  was $261.7 billion, an increase of 0.6% from the second quarter of 2006 and up 5.8% from the third quarter of 2005. 

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Quarterly Profits at Manufacturing Corporations Jump to $124.3 billion

Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits of U.S. manufacturing corporations totaled $124.3 billion in the third quarter 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. Third quarter 2006 after-tax profits were up $7.3 billion from the $117.1 billion recorded in the previous quarter. 

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Economic Indicators for Today: Retail Sales, Business Inventories

November Retail Sales up 1%:

U.S. retail and food services sales for November increased 1% from the previous month to $368.9 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Retail sales are up 5.6% from an year ago period in November 2005. Total sales for the September through November 2006 period were up 5.3% from the same period a year ago. 

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Businesses with No Employees - Microbusinesses to Hit $1 trillion in Sales This Year

Non-employer firms or Microbusinesses are often home-based ventures with no paid employees and generally at least $1,000 in annual revenue. In an analysis for USA TODAY, the Small Business Administration estimates the number of these firms reached the 20 million mark for the first time this year. 

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Service Sector, Which is 2/3 of US Economy, Grows Faster in November - ISM

The ISM index of activity in the service sector, which makes up about two-thirds of the U.S.  economy, rose to 58.9 in November from 57.1 in October, according to the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below 50 signals contraction.

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