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GDP, CPI and other key economic reports

If you're keeping an eye on the economy, you need to watch these key pieces of data, updated by Bankrate as the information becomes available.

Click on the links below to find a fuller explanation of the term.

Updated 2/25/2015
GDP, CPI and other key economic reports
  This week Month ago Year ago
Gross Domestic Product (billions) 17710.7 17599.8 17102.5
Housing Starts (thousands) 678 728 573
Producer Price Index 192.7 196.7 198.8
Consumer Price Index 236.1 236.1 234.9
Purchasing Managers Index 53.5 55.5 51.3
Retail Sales 439771 442391 427829
Unemployment Rate 5.7 5.6 6.6

Ratings methodology

Who are they for? Business owners, sophisticated investors and anyone who wants to keep an eye on the economy.

What's included? Statistics include: the unemployment rate, the level of monthly retail sales, price changes for businesses and consumers as measured by the Producer Price Index and Consumer Price Index, monthly housing starts, and the quarterly Gross Domestic Product, which measures the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. in a given calendar quarter.

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