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December 2012 Agriculture & Natural Resources Industry Report

Agriculture remains a prime economic engine in Mississippi, representing approximately 24% of the state's revenue (or over $7 billion) and providing approximately 29% of its jobs. Although agriculture is risky, subject to weather events and pest infestations, it remains the most necessary of vocations: of the 7 billion people in the world today, approximately a billion are malnourished. read more...


Readers Comments

We were privileged to participate in this roundtable discussion and hope that you will benefit from the summary printed in this publication.

Beth Howell Hansen, Chief Executive Officer
Mississippi Association of REALTORS


Economic Indicators

July 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 0.4%, to $482.0 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.2% and inventories decreased 0.1%.   Sep. 3, 2015 More»

July 2015 construction spending was $1,083.4 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.7 percent from June 2015 and up 13.7 percent from July 2014.   Sep. 1, 2015 More»

July 2015 personal income increased $67.1 billion, or 0.4% and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $61.5 billion, or 0.5%.   Aug. 28, 2015 More»

In the second quarter of 2015, the real GDP increased at an annual rate of 3.7 percent. According to today's second estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.   Aug. 27, 2015 More»

July 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 2.0%, to $241.1 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.2% and inventories decreased 0.1%.   Aug. 26, 2015 More»

July 2015 sales of new single family houses were 507,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), up 5.4% from June 2015 and up 25.8% from July 2014.   Aug. 25, 2015 More»

July 2015 building permits were 1,119,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR), down 16.3% from June 2015 and up 7.5% from July 2014.       Aug. 18, 2015 More»

June 2015 business inventories were $1,812.5 billion, up 0.8% from May 2015 and up 3.0% from June 2014. Sales were $1,325.5 billion, up 0.2% from May 2015.   Aug 13, 2015 More»

July 2015 retail and food services sales were $446.5 billion, an increase of 0.6% from June 2015. Retail trade sales were up 0.6% from June 2015.   Aug 13, 2015 More»

June 2015 wholesale inventories were $586.2 billion, Up 0.9% from May 2015. Sales were $449.8 billion, up 0.1% from May 2015.   Aug 11, 2015 More»

June 2015 international trade deficit increased to $43.8 billion, up 7.1% from May 2015. Exports decreased to $188.6 billion and imports rose to $232.4 billion.    Aug. 5, 2015 More»

June 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.8%, to $478.5 billion. Unfilled orders fell 0.5% and inventories increased 0.6%.   Aug. 4, 2015 More»

July 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 0.4%, to $482.0 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.2% and inventories decreased 0.1%.   Sep. 3, 2015 More»


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Tax Tips

New markets vs. minding the store: Some companies pursue growth just for the sake of higher sales, more outlets, etc. Don't fall into the trap. Managing several stores can be much more challenging that operating just one or two. The same is true of multiple product lines. More than one business has failed because it expanded too rapidly. And many entrepreneurs are great a starting a business but not at managing growth. You might be able to outsource some of the workload such as order fulfillment, manufacturing, etc. Or even license a product that's not part of your core business. Before committing to expansion plans, get good advice and make sure you and your employees have the skills to handle the larger business.     read more...

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