U.S. Industry Quarterly Review: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate

July 2003
U.S. Industry Quarterly Review: Finance, Insurance, Real Estate;2003 3rd Quarter, p123
Industry Profile
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The article discusses the relation between employment and retail trade. Employment rate slowly begin to recover in the closing months of 2003, and grow 2.4% over the four quarters of 2004. Thanks to rising labor productivity, wage and salary income per employee will accelerate from a 2.7% increase this year to gains of 3.4% in 2004 and 3.7% in 2005, staying ahead of consumer price inflation. With the housing market past its peak and the automotive market having limited growth potential, consumers are expected to shift their spending to services. Real growth in consumer spending on services will nearly double from 2.0% this year to 3.9% in 2004, led by advances in travel, recreation, domestic services, and personal business services.


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