Beige Book Shows Slight-To-Moderate Growth: Words Of The Day "Shutdown, Weather"

10 Districts report slight-to-moderate growth. Two districts report flat economic conditions.

The Federal Reserve "Beige Book" is a compilation of economic activity produced by each of the Fed's 12 districts.

Despite the impressive-sounding name, there is typically not much in it that has not been reported elsewhere, earlier, either in the regional Fed reports from each district (e.g. Empire State Report, Philly Fed Report, Dallas Fed Report, etc.) or FOMC discussion minutes.

The book does provide an overall compilation and synopsis in one place.

Overall Economic Activity

Economic activity continued to expand in late January and February, with ten Districts reporting slight-to-moderate growth, and Philadelphia and St. Louis reporting flat economic conditions. About half of the Districts noted that the government shutdown had led to slower economic activity in some sectors including retail, auto sales, tourism, real estate, restaurants, manufacturing, and staffing services. Consumer spending activity was mixed across the country, with contacts from several Districts attributing lower retail and auto sales to harsh winter weather and to higher costs of credit. Manufacturing activity strengthened on balance, but numerous manufacturing contacts conveyed concerns about weakening global demand, higher costs due to tariffs, and ongoing trade policy uncertainty. Activity in the nonfinancial services sector increased at a modest-to-moderate pace in most Districts, driven in part by growth in the professional, scientific, and technical services sub-sector. Residential construction activity was steady or slightly higher across most of the U.S., but residential home sales were generally lower. Several real estate contacts noted that inventories had risen slightly but remained historically low, while home prices continued to appreciate but at a slightly slower pace. Agricultural conditions remained weak, and energy activity was mixed across Districts.

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