Last week in the News

The Mortgage Bankers Association said its seasonally adjusted composite index of mortgage applications for the week ending September 9 rose 6.3%. Refinancing applications increased 6%. Purchase volume rose 7%.

The producer price index, which tracks wholesale price inflation, was unchanged in August after a 0.2% increase in July. For the year, seasonally adjusted wholesale prices are up 6.5%. Core prices — excluding food and fuel — rose 0.1% in August.

Retail sales were unchanged in August after a downwardly revised 0.3% increase in July. On a year-over-year basis, retail sales rose 7.2%.

Total business inventories rose 0.4% in July to $1.526 trillion, up 10.6% from a year ago. Total business sales increased 0.7% to $1.197 trillion in July, up 12% from a year ago. The total business inventories/sales ratio in July was 1.27.

Consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.4% in August, following a 0.5% increase in July. For the year, seasonally adjusted consumer prices are up 3.8%.

Industrial production at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities rose 0.2% in August. Compared to a year ago, industrial production is up 3.4%. Capacity utilization rose to 77.4% in August from a revised 77.3% in July.

The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September’s preliminary reading rose to 57.8 from 55.7 in August. The August reading had been the lowest level since 55.3 set in November 2008.

Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose by 11,000 to 428,000 for the week ending September 10. Continuing claims for the week ending September 3 fell by 12,000 to 3.7 million.

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