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  • Economy Watch: Consumers Seem Nervous About Brexit

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The University of Michigan reported on Friday that U.S. consumer sentiment took a dip in early July, with its Index of Consumer Sentiment coming in at 89.5, compared with 93.5 at the end of June. Moreover, the Index of Consumer Expectations was 77.1 in mid-July, compared

    National 18 July 2016 12:40
  • Beige Book: ‘Modest’ Economic Growth, Better For Most CRE

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The latest Beige Book, released on Wednesday by the Federal Reserve and formally called “Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District,” came in a bit tepid. At least, the report’s favorite words describing the pace of overall U.S. economic growth remained “modest”

    National 14 July 2016 13:04
  • Economy Creates Healthy 215K Jobs

    Total U.S. employment rose by 215,000 in March.

    National 01 April 2016 14:24
  • Economy Watch: Americans Not Quite as Optimistic Now, Retail Might Suffer

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor The latest national survey on U.S. economic optimism by Pew Research Center, which was conducted in mid-December, finds that most Americans (54 percent) expect that economic conditions a year from now to be about the same as they are now, while similar shares expect the economy

    National 12 January 2016 14:07
  • Economy Watch: U.S. Apartment Market Still Robust, But Slowing a Little

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Did 2015 represent peak apartments? That isn’t clear yet, and the latest Reis report on the U.S. apartment market, which was released on Wednesday, sheds only a bit of light on the subject. For instance, vacancies are edging up, which would argue for a plateau. But

    National 07 January 2016 14:24
  • Economy Watch: Restaurant Sector Doing Reasonably Well

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor It’s a tough time for retail real estate—considering that demand for the property type overall is sluggish, due to the hangover from the building boom in the 2000s, the persistently paltry pay increases that most Americans are receiving and the increasing fondness of consumers for buying

    National 01 December 2015 15:11
  • Economy Watch: Retail Sales Weak in October (But Stronger Except for Car Sales)

    By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor Retail sales disappointed in October, with overall sales compared with September up a meager 0.1 percent, according to the Census Bureau on Friday. At least, that was the headline number, but in fact most categories of retail sales were a little healthier than that. For one

    National 16 November 2015 15:01