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Political Economy Archive: *Data Digest

National Retail Federation releases holiday forecast

By Ylan Mui You may be having visions of candy corn and pumpkin patches, but the retail industry is already knee-deep in Christmas spending forecasts. The latest organization to gaze into its crystal ball is the National Retail Federation, the...

By Ylan Mui  | October 6, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Data Digest: U.S. consumer purchases of imports lifts current account deficit

The current account trade deficit grew to $123.3 billion in the second quarter--a 12.9 percent increase from the first quarter. This is the fourth quarter of increases and the highest amount since late 2008, the commerce department said.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | September 16, 2010; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Data Digest: China's holdings of U.S. Treasuries up slightly

China, the largest holder of U.S. Treasury debt, increased its holdings in July for the first time in two month for a total of $846.7 billion. That is an increase of 0.4 percent from June, following declines of 2.7 percent from May to June and 3.6 percent from April to May.

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Data Digest: Jobless claims fall unexpectedly in encouraging sign

Initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped by 3,000 to 450,000 in the week ending Sept. 11. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a slight rise to 459,000. The number of continuing claims fell by 84,000 to 4.49 million in the week ending Sept. 4. Economists had forecast they would drop to 4.46 million.

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Data Digest: Wholesale costs inch up for second month

Producer Price Index The numbers: The index increased 0.4 percent in August for the second month. It was the biggest jump in five months. The median forecast according to a Bloomberg survey was for a 0.3 percent rise. Quick take:...

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Data Digest: Retail sales stronger than expected

U.S. retail and food services sales for August were $363.7 billion, an increase of 0.4 percent from the previous month and 3.6 percent more than August 2009. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a rise of 0.3 percent in the July to August numbers.

By Washington Post editors  | September 14, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Data Digest: Jobless claims fall more than expected, Washington Post editors , September 9, 2010
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