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U.S. Builder Confidence Dips in December

U.S. builder confidence for new single-family homes in December fell 4 points from November to 86 points but was still the second highest reading in the 35-year history of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI component measuring current sales conditions dropped 4 points to 92 and sales expectations

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U.S. Furniture and Retail Sales Estimates Mixed in November

Seasonally adjusted advance estimates of furniture and home furnishing retail sales in November rose 3.7% over the same month in 2019 to $10.3 billion, but shrunk 1.1% from October. Building material and garden equipment and supplies sales totaled a seasonally adjusted estimate of $38.3 billion, up 18.7% from October and 17.2% higher than November 2019.

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Canadian Manufacturing Up Slightly in October

Seasonally adjusted Canadian wood product sales in October were $3.43 billion (CAD), increasing 1.3% from September and jumping 45.7% from the comparable month last year. Sales of furniture and related products totaled $963 million, falling 4.9% from September and 10.9% lower than October 2019. Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries grew 0.3% from September to

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U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in November

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) in November decreased 1.2 points to 46.3, according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. Design contracts fell out of positive territory, dropping 3.1 points from September to 48.6. Inquiries rose again but were significantly off pace from the last two months. November billings decreased

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U.S. Updates Guidance on Essential Businesses

CPA members are encouraged to review the latest government guidance on essential businesses as state and local governments consider shutdowns to combat recent COVID-19 surges. In March, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) division, issued a guidance document designating which industries were essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Agency released

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EPA Publishes Clean Air Benefit-Cost Guidance

EPA this week released a new rule addressing how the agency will determine the benefits and costs of rules issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  The rule, under development for over a year, will: For the first time, require benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for significant clean air rules by regulation, rather than simply by a

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U.S. Builder Confidence Dips in December

U.S. builder confidence for new single-family homes in December fell 4 points from November to 86 points but was still the second highest reading in the 35-year history of the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI component measuring current sales conditions dropped 4 points to 92 and sales expectations

Read More »

U.S. Furniture and Retail Sales Estimates Mixed in November

Seasonally adjusted advance estimates of furniture and home furnishing retail sales in November rose 3.7% over the same month in 2019 to $10.3 billion, but shrunk 1.1% from October. Building material and garden equipment and supplies sales totaled a seasonally adjusted estimate of $38.3 billion, up 18.7% from October and 17.2% higher than November 2019.

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Canadian Manufacturing Up Slightly in October

Seasonally adjusted Canadian wood product sales in October were $3.43 billion (CAD), increasing 1.3% from September and jumping 45.7% from the comparable month last year. Sales of furniture and related products totaled $963 million, falling 4.9% from September and 10.9% lower than October 2019. Canadian manufacturing sales for all industries grew 0.3% from September to

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U.S. Architectural Billings Fall in November

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) in November decreased 1.2 points to 46.3, according to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Economics & Market Research Group. Design contracts fell out of positive territory, dropping 3.1 points from September to 48.6. Inquiries rose again but were significantly off pace from the last two months. November billings decreased

Read More »

U.S. Updates Guidance on Essential Businesses

CPA members are encouraged to review the latest government guidance on essential businesses as state and local governments consider shutdowns to combat recent COVID-19 surges. In March, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) division, issued a guidance document designating which industries were essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Agency released

Read More »

EPA Publishes Clean Air Benefit-Cost Guidance

EPA this week released a new rule addressing how the agency will determine the benefits and costs of rules issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA).  The rule, under development for over a year, will: For the first time, require benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for significant clean air rules by regulation, rather than simply by a

Read More »
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