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New Commerce Department Report Shows Record Services Trade Surplus that Continues to Grow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) today released a report showing U.S. trade in private services totaled $526.6 billion in 2010, representing a trade surplus that is growing, rising from $66.7 billion in 2003 to $168 billion in 2010.

Deputy Under Secretary Nancy Potok Receives Distinguished Public Service Award

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2011 – Deputy Under Secretary Nancy Potok received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the George Washington University Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, a national honor society formed to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Established in 1974, Pi Alpha Alpha and its more than 39,000 members seek to advance the ideals of integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in public service. The award ceremony was preceded by an induction dinner for new members of the chapter, where Dr.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on New Residential Construction in March 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released data on new residential construction in March 2011. Permits for new housing units increased 11.2 percent, significantly exceeding private-sector expectations of a 3.0-percent rise. Housing starts increased 7.2 percent, compared with private-sector expectations of a 10.0-percent rise.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in March 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for March 2011. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent, slightly below private-sector expectations. Retail and food services sales, excluding autos, were up 0.8 percent, consistent with private-sector expectations. Motor vehicle sales fell 1.7 percent, and sales at gasoline stations jumped 2.6 percent. Sales at gasoline stations comprise about 10 percent of total retail sales.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on February 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the February 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 February 2011 decreased 1.4 percent from January 2011 to $165.1 billion, with record exports of services ($47.2 billion). U.S. imports of goods and services decreased 1.7 percent over this period to $210.9 billion, causing the U.S.

Under Secretary Blank Attends Ron Brown Dedication

New York, NY, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Commerce Department Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Rebecca M. Blank attended the dedication for the new United States’ United Nations Mission building in honor of the late U. S. Commerce Department Secretary Ronald H. Brown. Former Secretary Brown lost his life while on a trade mission to Croatia 15 years ago.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Retail Sales in January 2011

WASHINGTON – The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau today released retail sales data for January 2011. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent in January. This figure was slightly below private-sector expectations of a 0.6-percent gain. Excluding automobiles, retail sales grew 0.3 percent in January. Sales at motor vehicle dealers increased 0.6 percent. “Retail sales, along with other indicators of consumer spending, continues to show growth following strong gains in the second half of 2010,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on December 2010 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the December 2010 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 December increased 1.8 percent from November to $163 billion. U.S. imports of goods and services increased 2.6 percent to $203.5 billion, with the overall trade deficit growing by 5.9 percent in December to $40.6 billion.

Chief Economist Doms Delivers Key Address on Economic Outlook for 2011

Lexington, KY, February 1, 2011 - Chief Economist Mark Doms made a presentation entitled “Innovation, Competitiveness, Economic Growth and Public Policy” at the 22nd Annual Economic Outlook Conference for 2011 sponsored by the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics at the Lexington Convention Center.

Statement from U.S. Commerce Department Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank on Personal Income and Outlays in December 2010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released data on personal income and outlays for December 2010. Personal income and real personal consumption expenditures rose 0.4 in December, consistent with private-sector expectations. In November, personal income rose a similar 0.4 percent. “Today’s data show consumer spending clearly accelerated at the end of last year,” said U.S. Commerce Department Acting Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank. “Personal income also posted stronger gains in the fourth quarter compared to the third.

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