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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12 In A Business Roundtable Survey, 87% Of CEOs

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12

In A Business Roundtable Survey, 87% Of CEOs Expect Higher Sales Over The Next 6
In A Business Roundtable Survey, 87% Of CEOs
Expect Higher Sales Over The Next 6 Months, 56% Will
Spend More On Investment, And 40% Plan To Hire
U.S. Consumer Prices Fell 0.6% In Nov., The Largest
Drop Since 1949. (“Consumer Prices Plunge 0.6% On Energy,”
MarketWatch, 12/15/05)
More Workers. (“Executives Expect Higher Sales But Worry About
Health Costs,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/14/05)
Energy Prices Fell A Record 8%: Gasoline Prices
Dropped A Record 16% While Fuel Oil Prices
In A Manpower, Inc. Survey Of 16,000 Employers, 23%
Expect To Increase Hiring In The 1 st Quarter Of 2006.
Were Down 6.1%. (“Consumer Prices Plunge 0.6% On
Energy,” MarketWatch, 12/15/05)
(“Hiring Outlook Remains Strong For First Quarter,” The Wall Street
Journal, 12/13/05)
The University Of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment
Index Rose To 88.7 In Dec., The Highest Reading Since
Jobs Were Created In 42 States And The District Of
Aug. (“Consumer Sentiment Improves In Dec.,” MarketWatch, 12/9/05)
Columbia In Nov. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Press Release,
12/16/05)
Retail Sales Increased 0.3% In Nov., The 3 rd Straight
Gain – Sales Have Increased 6.3% In The Past Year.
Mississippi (1%), Louisiana (0.9%), Montana
(0.8%), Kansas (0.6%), And North Dakota (0.6%)
Had The Largest Percentage Increases In Nov.
(“Retail Sales Rise 0.3% In November,” MarketWatch, 12/13/05)
Excluding Gasoline, Retail Sales Rose 1% In
Nov., The Largest Jump Since July. (“Retail Sales
(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Press Release, 12/16/05)
Rise 0.3% In November,” MarketWatch, 12/13/05)
Business Inventories Increased 0.3% In Oct. While Sales
Grew 0.8% (The Largest Gain Since July). (“Lean Inventories
Grow 0.3% In Oct.,” MarketWatch, 12/13/05)
The Empire State Index, A Measure Of Manufacturing
Activity In The New York Area, Expanded To Its
Highest Level Of 2005 – Rising To 28.7 In Dec. (“New
The Inventory-To-Sales Ratio Stayed At A Record
Low Of 1.25, Making It More Likely Companies
Will Boost Production And Hiring. (“Lean Inventories
York Factory Index Jumps In Dec.,” MarketWatch, 12/15/05)
Grow 0.3% In Oct.,” MarketWatch, 12/13/05)
Industrial Production (Output At Factories, Mines And
Utilities) Rose 0.7% In Nov., After Rising 1.3% In Oct.,
The Best Gain In 6 Years. (“U.S. Nov. Industrial Output Rises
0.7% As Factories, Oil Gain,” Bloomberg, 12/15/05)
The Average Price Of Crude Oil Fell Nearly $4 In Nov.;
Natural Gas Prices Fell To An Average $11.69 Per
Million Btus In Nov. From $13.52 In Oct. (“U.S. Nov. Industrial
Output Rises 0.7% As Factories, Oil Gain,” Bloomberg, 12/15/05)
Production Is Up 2.8% In The Past 12 Months.
(“Industrial Output Up Sharply In Nov.,” MarketWatch,
The Current Account Deficit Narrowed 1% In The 3 rd
Quarter – The Second Straight Quarterly Decline. (“U.S.
12/15/05)
Current Account Narrows Again In Q3,” MarketWatch, 12/16/05)
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