February 16, 2007 - Modern Distribution Management

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February 16, 2007

Housing Starts Fall 14.3% From December

Privately-owned housing starts fell 14.3% in January, compared with the revised December estimate. Starts were down 37.8% below the January 2006 rate. Single-family in January were 11.2% below the December figure. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 276,000.

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in January were down 2.8% from the revised December rate, and 28.6% below the January 2006 estimate. Single-family authorizations were 4% below the December figure. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 370,000 in January.

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Privately-owned housing completions in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,880,000, roughly even with the revised ...

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Wholesale Prices Down 0.6% on Energy Prices

The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods declined 0.6 percent in January, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported. This decrease followed a 0.9-percent advance in December and a 1.8-percent jump in November. At the earlier stages of processing, prices for intermediate goods moved down 0.7 percent compared with a 0.5-percent increase in the prior month. The crude goods index decreased 6.3 percent after rising 2.8 percent in December.

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Among finished goods, prices for energy goods fell 4.6 percent in January following a 2.2-percent rise in the prior month. The rate of increase in the finished consumer foods index slowed to 1.1 percent in January from 1.5 percent in December. By contrast, prices for finished ...

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