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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on Retail Sales in 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for December and full year 2011. The data reflects strong growth last year, compared to 2010, increasing 7.7 percent. Excluding automobiles, full year 2011 retail sales grew 7.3 percent.

In the month of December 2011, retail sales increased 0.1 percent from November and 6.5 percent from December 2010. Excluding autos, December 2011 sales declined 0.2 percent from November but grew 6.0 percent from December 2010.

Commerce Department Report Provides Roadmap for Competitiveness

Department also launches interactive report at www.commerce.gov/competes to highlight study’s findings and work already underway

WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Commerce today delivered to Congress a comprehensive report on “The Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of the United States.” The report serves as a call to arms, highlighting bipartisan priorities to sustain and promote American innovation and economic competitiveness.

The report makes three important findings:

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on New Residential Construction in November 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department's U.S. Census Bureau today released data on new residential construction in November 2011. Permits for new housing units rose 5.7 percent in November, well-above private-sector expectations of a 1.7 percent decline. Housing starts soared to their highest level since April 2010, increasing 9.3 percent from October to November and 24.3 percent from November 2010. Private-sector analysts had expected an 0.3 percent rise.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services in October 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce John E. Bryson issued the following statement today on the release of the October 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in October 2011 decreased 0.8 percent from September 2011 to $179.2 billion, with this month’s exports of capital goods ($42.3 billion) the highest on record. U.S.

October Personal Income Statement from Commerce Department Chief Economist Mark Doms

Washington, DC. The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for October 2011. Personal income rose 0.4 percent in October, exceeding private-sector forecasts of a 0.3 percent increase. Wages and salaries, the largest part of income, rose 0.5 percent. Real consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent, compared to expectations of a 0.3 percent rise. This followed a pickup of 0.5 percent in September, however.

Statement from Acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services in September 2011

Acting Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank issued the following statement today on the release of the September 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in September 2011 increased 1.4 percent from August 2011 to a record $180.4 billion.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on the Advance Estimate of Gross Domestic Product in the Third Quarter 2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released the advance estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2011. Real GDP rose 2.5 percent at an annual rate, consistent with private-sector expectations and up from the 1.3 percent increase in the second quarter and a significant step-up from the 0.4 percent gain in the first quarter.

Statement from Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on Retail Sales in September 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for September 2011. Retail sales surged 1.1 percent, exceeding private sector expectations of a 0.7 percent advance. Motor vehicle and parts sales jumped 3.6 percent. Sales excluding automotive dealers jumped 0.6 percent, also above private-sector expectations of a 0.3 percent rise. In addition, August sales were revised up from an initial report of no change to a 0.3 percent increase.

Statement from Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services in August 2011

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank issued the following statement today on the release of the August 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in August 2011 decreased 0.1 percent from July 2011 to $177.6 billion. This month’s exports of petroleum products ($10.3 billion) were the highest on record. This month’s exports of services ($50.9 billion) were also the highest on record leading the U.S.

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