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Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales icon

Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for October 2019 were $2,042.8 billion, up 0.2 percent (+/- 0.1 percent) from last month. U.S. total business sales were $1,456.0 billion, down 0.1 percent (+/-0.2 percent)* from last month.

Released:
December 13, 2019

Next Release:
January 16, 2020

October 2019

+0.2
% change in Inventories

September 2019 (r)

-0.1*
% change in Inventories

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services icon

Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services

U.S. retail and food services sales for November 2019 were $528.8 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent (+/-0.4%)* from the previous month.

Released:
December 13, 2019

Next Release:
January 16, 2020

November 2019

0.2*
% change

October 2019 (r)

0.4
% change

Quarterly Services Survey icon

Quarterly Services Survey

The estimate of U.S. selected services total revenue for the third quarter of 2019, adjusted for seasonal variation but not for price changes, was $4,105.2 billion, an increase of 1.5 percent (+/- 0.2 percent) from the second quarter of 2019 and up 4.9 percent (+/- 0.6 percent) from the third quarter of 2018.

Released:
December 11, 2019

Next Release:
February 19, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+1.5
% change

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

+1.2
% change

Monthly Wholesale Trade icon

Monthly Wholesale Trade

October 2019 sales of merchant wholesalers were $494.3 billion, down 0.7 percent (+/- 0.5 percent) from last month. End-of-month inventories were $675.6 billion, up 0.1 percent (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.

Released:
December 6, 2019

Next Release:
January 10, 2020

October 2019

+0.1*
% change in Inventories

September 2019 (r)

-0.7
% change in Inventories

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured goods in October increased $1.4 billion or 0.3 percent to $497.0 billion.

Released:
December 5, 2019

Next Release:
January 7, 2020

October 2019

+0.3°
% change

September 2019 (r)

-0.8°
% change

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services icon

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

The nation's international trade deficit in goods and services decreased to $47.2 billion in October from $51.1 billion in September (revised), as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
December 5, 2019

Next Release:
January 7, 2020

October 2019

47.2°
$ billion

September 2019 (r)

51.1°
$ billion

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade

Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $25.7 billion for the third quarter 2019 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2019), down $2.8 (+/- 0.2) billion from second quarter 2019 (the 3 months ending July 31, 2019).

Released:
December 3, 2019

Next Release:
March 23, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

-2.8
$ billion

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

+1.2
$ billion

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries icon

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries

Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $149.1 billion for the third quarter of 2019, up $5.1 (+/- 0.8) billion from second quarter of 2019.

Released:
December 3, 2019

Next Release:
March 23, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+5.1
$ billion

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

-15.2
$ billion

Construction Spending icon

Construction Spending

Total construction activity for October 2019 ($1,291.1 billion) was 0.8 percent (+/-1.0 percent)* below the revised September 2019 ($1,301.8 billion).

Released:
December 2, 2019

Next Release:
January 3, 2020

October 2019

-0.8*
% change

September 2019 (r)

-0.3*
% change

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders icon

Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October increased $1.5 billion or 0.6 percent to $248.7 billion.

Released:
November 27, 2019

Next Release:
December 24, 2019

October 2019

+0.6°
% change

September 2019 (r)

-1.4°
% change

New Residential Sales icon

New Residential Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in October 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 733,000. This is 0.7 percent (+/- 20.4%)* below the revised September 2019 estimate of 738,000.

Released:
November 26, 2019

Next Release:
December 23, 2019

October 2019

-0.7*
% change

September 2019 (r)

+4.5*
% change

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Wholesale Inventories

October end-of-month inventories were $676.1 billion, up 0.2 (+/- 0.4 percent)* from last month.

Released:
November 26, 2019

Next Release:
December 30, 2019

October 2019

+0.2*
% change in Inventories

September 2019 (r)

-0.7
% change in Inventories

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods icon

Advance U.S. International Trade in Goods

The advance international trade deficit in goods decreased to $66.5 billion in October from $70.5 billion in September as imports decreased more than exports.

Released:
November 26, 2019

Next Release:
December 30, 2019

October 2019

66.5°
$ billion

September 2019

70.5°
$ billion

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories icon

Advance Monthly Retail Inventories

October 2019 end-of-month inventories were $668.7 billion, up 0.3 percent (+/- 0.2%) from last month.

Released:
November 26, 2019

Next Release:
December 30, 2019

October 2019

+0.3
% change in Inventories

September 2019 (r)

+0.2*
% change in Inventories

New Residential Construction icon

New Residential Construction

Privately-owned housing starts in October 2019 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,314,000. This is 3.8 percent (+/- 8.7%)* above the revised September 2019 estimate of 1,266,000.

Released:
November 19, 2019

Next Release:
December 17, 2019

October 2019

+3.8*
% change

September 2019 (r)

-7.9*
% change

Rental Vacancy Rate icon

Rental Vacancy Rate

The rental vacancy rate in the third quarter 2019, 6.8 percent, was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018. The rental vacancy rates in each region were not statistically different from the third quarter 2018 rates.

Released:
October 29, 2019

Next Release:
January 30, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+6.8*
percent

3rd Qtr 2018

+7.1
percent

Homeownership Rate icon

Homeownership Rate

The homeownership rate in the third quarter 2019, 64.8 percent, was not statistically different from the rate in the third quarter 2018. The homeownership rates in the South was higher than the rate in the third quarter 2018, while rates in the Northeast, Midwest, and West were not statistically different from the third quarter 2018 rates.

Released:
October 29, 2019

Next Release:
January 30, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

+64.8*
percent

3rd Qtr 2018

+64.4
percent

Business Formation Statistics icon

Business Formation Statistics

Total U.S. Business Applications were 860,125 in the third quarter of 2019, down 0.5% from second quarter 2019.

Released:
October 16, 2019

Next Release:
January 15, 2020

3rd Qtr 2019

-0.5°
% change

2nd Qtr 2019 (r)

+0.7°
% change

(*) The 90% confidence interval includes zero. The Census Bureau does not have sufficient statistical evidence to conclude that the actual change is different from zero.

(°) Statistical significance is not applicable or not measurable for these surveys. The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders estimates are not based on a probability sample, so we can neither measure the sampling error of these estimates nor compute confidence intervals.

(r) Revised.

All estimates are seasonally adjusted except for the Rental Vacancy Rate and Home Ownership Rate. None of the estimates are adjusted for price changes.

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