The 2020 Mid-Year Economic Update_long

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Real GDP by state
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Real GDP Decreased in All 50 States in 2Q

Overall growth in real GDP slowed in the second quarter from the first quarter of 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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Pandemic Revenue Index Dips 0.7%

Indian River Consulting Group’s (IRCG) weekly Pandemic Revenue Index for the work week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 indicated a 0.7% decrease compared with the same week a year ago.

HARDI Trends August 2020
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HARDI Distributors Report 4.5% Revenue Increase in August

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) this week released its monthly TRENDS report, showing the average sales performance by HARDI distributors was an increase of 4.5% during August.

Real GDP
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Real U.S. GDP Down 31.4% in 2Q According to ‘Third’ Estimate

The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in PCE, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, private inventory investment, residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by an increase in federal government spending.

Census Bureau economic indicators
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Census Bureau Releases Two Advance Economic Indicators for August

The U.S. Census Bureau this week released advance indicators showing that the international trade deficit and wholesale inventories both increased in August.

durable goods
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Advance Report: New Orders for Durable Goods Up 0.4% in August

Increase of manufactured durable goods is fourth in a row following the double-digit growth in May, high-single-digit growth in June and double-digit growth in July, which had been preceded by two decreases during the height of the coronavirus crisis.


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August home sales
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Home Sales Spike in August

Latest data shows a 43.2% jump in home sales from the same month a year ago, giving distributors that sell building materials and other construction materials a second straight month good news on this front.

September economic trends
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Is It Back to ‘Business as Usual’ for the Economy?

The start of fall has brought some familiar rhythms to the latest batch of economic reports — some good, some bad — and this balance has a familiar feel for wholesale distributors.

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Pandemic Revenue Index Shows Nice Gain in Non-Holiday Week

Indian River Consulting Group’s weekly PRI for the work week of Sept. 14-18 indicated a sales increase of 4.9% versus the same week in 2019, which is the largest increase outside of a week distorted by a holiday.