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Sales of new single-family houses in February 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000. This is 6.1 percent above the revised January 2017 estimate of 558,000.

New orders for manufactured durable goods in February increased $3.9 billion or 1.7 percent to $235.4 billion.

Employment up 2.35 million or 1.6 percent, February 2016 to February 2017. Over this 12-month period, the professional and business services industry added 597,000 jobs, an increase of 3.0 percent, while education and health services employment increased by 546,000, or 2.4 percent.

Civilian compensation costs average $34.90 per hour worked in December
Employer costs for civilian workers averaged $23.87 per hour worked for wages and salaries and $11.03 for benefits in December 2016.
Private industry supplemental pay benefit costs averaged $1.15 per hour worked

Quarterly Financial Report - Manufacturing, Mining, Wholesale Trade, and Selected Service Industries
Manufacturing corporations' seasonally adjusted after-tax profits were $144.1 billion for the fourth quarter of 2016, down $6.6 billion from third quarter of 2016.

Quarterly Financial Report - Retail Trade
Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits for retail corporations with assets of $50 million and over were $28.3 billion for the fourth quarter 2016 (the 3 months ending January 31, 2017), up $5.4 billion from third quarter 2016 (the 3 months ending October 31, 2016)

Privately-owned housing starts in February 2017 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,288,000. This is 3.0 percent above the revised January 2017 estimate of 1,251,000.

U.S. total business end-of-month inventories for January 2017 were $1,841.4 billion, up 0.3 percent from last month.
U.S. total business sales were $1,359.3 billion, up 0.2 percent from last month.

U.S. retail and food services sales for February were $474.0 billion, an increase of 0.1 percent from the previous month.

CPI for all items rises 0.1% in February; food and shelter indexes increase but gas falls

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.1 percent in February after rising 0.6 percent in January.
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in February after increasing 0.3 percent in January.
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