Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services
Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales
Innovation Forum – July 28, 2008
An Innovation Forum sponsored by the Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Commerce was held on July 28, 2008. Co-moderators were Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Rajesh K. Chandy, James D. Watkins Chair in Marketing and Co-Director of the Institute for Research in Marketing at the Carlson School of Management. Panelists were: George Buckley, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, 3M; William Hawkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic; and Marilyn Carlson Nelson Chairman of the Board, Carlson.
Innovation Forum – March 17, 2008
An Innovation Forum co-sponsored by the Commerce Department and the Kauffman Foundation was held on March 17, 2008. Co-moderators were Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. Panelists were: Emily DeRocco, President of The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers; Len Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO of Black & Veatch; and Bill Zollars, Chairman, President and CEO of YRC Worldwide.
The Gulf Coast: Economic Recovery
After two years, Federal aid in response to Hurricane Katrina (August 2005) and Hurricane Rita (September 2005) continues flowing to the Gulf Coast and significant economic recovery in Louisiana and Mississippi is evident. While showing some progress, economic conditions in New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi, however, have not fully recovered. This is the sixth and final report by the Economics and Statistics Administration on the economic effects of these hurricanes. This report focuses on the economic recovery that has occurred since the hurricanes ravaged the Gulf Coast over two years ago.
Residential Propane Price Analysis - 2007
Pursuant to the requirements of the Propane Education and Research Act of 1996 (PERA), the Department of Commerce prepares an annual analysis of changes in propane prices relative to other energy sources. The 2007 report presents the relevant price data and concludes that propane prices have not exceeded the threshold established by PERA.
Macroeconomic and Industrial Effects of Higher Natural Gas Prices
Over the past year, there has been some concern over the potential economic impact of unusually high natural gas prices. Although natural gas prices declined from $10 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) in December 2005 to about $6 recently, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects prices to return to the unprecedented price levels of last year as we move back into this winter’s heating season. This paper examines the potential economic and industry impacts of unusually high natural gas prices.
In the past few years, the U.S. economy has grown at a healthy pace in the face of a relentless rise in energy prices. However, almost all analysts agree that continued energy price increases will affect the overall economy and employment, and might affect different sectors of the economy in different ways. This paper examines the possible effects of an energy price rise both at the national and industry level.
House of Sweden Seminar on Innovation and Technology: Measuring Competitiveness(PDF)
On January 18, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez was presented with the report of his Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy. In accepting the report, Secretary Gutierrez announced steps that the federal statistical agencies and others would take to explain and quantify one of the largest and most elusive drivers of the economy ─ innovation. Among the innovation measurement initiatives announced by Gutierrez were comprehensive accounting of the effect of high-tech goods and services, measuring the increase in productivity due to increased investments in innovation, and expanding collection of data on innovation.
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Last Reviewed: August 18, 2008