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Housing Starts Rose 9.7% in January

Housing Starts Rose 9.7% in January

Washington, DC, February 16, 2018—Privately-owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,326,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Consumer Sentiment Up 4.4% in Early February

Consumer Sentiment Up 4.4% in Early February

Ann Arbor, MI, February 16, 2018—Consumer sentiment rose 4.4% to 99.9 in early February from January’s 95.7 rate, according to preliminary results from the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers.

E-Commerce Retail Sales Rose 3.2% in Q4

E-Commerce Retail Sales Rose 3.2% in Q4

Washington, DC, February 16, 2018—The estimate of U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $119.0 billion, an increase of 3.2% from the third quarter of 2017, according to The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce.

Import Prices Up 1.0% in January

Import Prices Up 1.0% in January

Washington, DC, February 16, 2018—U.S. import prices increased 1.0% in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, after rising 0.2% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Bolyu & Aqua Rebranded as EF Contract & EF Hospitality

Bolyu & Aqua Rebranded as EF Contract & EF Hospitality

Dalton, GA, February 15, 2018—Engineered Floors has announced that it has restructured and re-branded the commercial flooring businesses of Bolyu Commercial and Aqua Hospitality, following Engineered Floor’s purchase of Beaulieu of America.

Builder Confidence Unchanged at 72 in February

Builder Confidence Unchanged at 72 in February

Washington, DC, February 15, 2018—Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy 72 level in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Producer Prices Rose 0.4% in January

Producer Prices Rose 0.4% in January

Washington, DC, February 15, 2018—The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.4% in January, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Q4 Home Prices Rose 5.3% YOY, Inventory Levels at All-Time Low

Q4 Home Prices Rose 5.3% YOY, Inventory Levels at All-Time Low

Washington, DC, February 14, 2018—An uptick in existing-home sales in the final three months of 2017 pulled down housing inventory to an all-time low and kept home-price growth at its recent robust pace, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors.