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Business Intelligence Brief: July 21, 2014

No Spring Swoon but No Spring Bounce Either The last few years have featured a pattern that pleases nobody. Year after year there has been a fairly robust start in…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 18, 2014

Airliner Shot Down Over Ukraine The news broke yesterday and for the first few hours there was nothing but disbelief; but soon there were the usual attempts to place blame…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 17, 2014

Don’t You Just Hate that Word? Another economic report and another reference to “sluggish”. This time the subject in question is industrial production and once again there was growth but…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 16, 2014

Consumer to Retailer – “Meh” It is not that the retail numbers from last month were miserable – there was a gain of 0.2% but that is pretty anemic and…

Business Intelligence Brief – July 15, 2014

It’s Getting to be that Time of Year Cover your children’s ears and warn your wallet – it is getting close to the back-to-school period. Not that we want to…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 14, 2014

Deficit Numbers are All About Timing The latest assessment of the deficit is pretty optimistic – the level from October of last year to this June was 28% less than…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 11, 2014

Jobless Claims Data Better than it Looks The data on jobless claims looks pretty good – an 11% decline to 304,000 rather than the 311,000 that had been forecast so…

Business Intelligence Brief : July 10, 2014

Immigration and Economic Issues There are few issues that pack the emotional impact of immigration while also having profound implications for the economy. The current crisis along the border has…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 9, 2014

Credit Cards and the Economy Debt is somewhat like a tasty desert – my own comparison. A little is a good thing and does no real harm to the consumer…

Business Intelligence Brief: July 8, 2014

Once Again – A Call for Infrastructure Development This time it comes from Cristine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund but it could be from any of thousands…

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