Consumer Archive

Latest Consumer Confidence (June 2015)

A good-paying job today but an anxiety about a job cut tomorrow does not inspire confidence.  Good thing that the job market has consistently been improving.  No surprise then that more Americans are expressing a greater confidence about the...

Latest Consumer Price Inflation (May 2015)

There is no inflation in the latest data.  However, prepare for higher inflation and likely higher mortgage rates later in the year because the impact of non-inflationary pressure from low gasoline prices will have mostly dissipated by November.  Specifically,...

Latest Retail Sales (May 2015)

Consumers spent more, though not very robustly. That is still enough to propel the economy ahead and create jobs.  Because of the stronger sales gain via ecommerce, the demand for warehouse spaces will rise at a faster rate than...

Net Operating Income Increases in 48 Percent of REALTOR® Commercial Markets

Commercial fundamentals continued on an upward trend in the first quarter 2015, despite a slumping economy, however the pace moderated. Net absorption rose across the property types, driving rents higher. As employment gains are expected to continue into 2015,...

Latest Consumer Price Inflation (April 2015)

There is no inflation.  The Federal Reserve can therefore relax and not hurry in raising rates.  However, housing costs continue to rise above the comfort level. Specifically, the Consumer Price Index declined 0.1 percent in April over the past...