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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

December 2014 building permits of 1,032,000 was down 1.9% from the November 2014 rate. Jan. 21, 2014 More»

Advance estimates om December 2014 retail and food services were $442.9 billion or 0.9% decrease from November 2014 sales.    Jan. 14, 2015 More»

November 2014 wholesale inventories increased to $547.2 billion, or 0.8% higher than October, 2014 inventories. Sales were 0.3% lower at $454.2 billion. Jan. 9, 2015 More»

November 2014 international trade in goods and services was $39 billion, down 7.7%. Exports and imports were $196.4 and $235.4 billion, respectively. Jan. 7, 2015 More»

New orders for manufactured goods in November was down 0.7% or $3.5 billion to $492.7 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.4% to $1,179.1 billion. And inventories rose 0.1% to $656.3 billion.            Jan. 6, 2015 More»

The U.S. current account deficit in the third quarter of 2014 increased to $100.3 billion, from $98.4 billion (revised) in the second quarter.    Dec. 17, 2014 More»

Building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,035,000 in November 2014, Sales down 0.2 percent from November 2013.                   Dec. 16, 2014 More»

Business inventories in October 2014 were $1,760.4 billion, up 0.2 percent from September.Sales were $1,350.9 billion, down 0.1 percent from the previous month.    Dec. 11, 2014 More»

Retail and food services sales in November 2014 were $449.3 billion. Excluding automobiles, retail and food services sales in November 2014 were $357.3 billion.    Dec. 11, 2014 More»

Wholesale inventories in October 2014 were $542 billion, up 0.4 percent and sales were $454.6 billion, up 0.2 percent.    Dec. 9, 2014 More»

New orders for manufactured goods in October 2014 decreased 0.7 percent, to $496.6 billion. Shipments fell 0.8 percent, to $499.2 billion.                Dec. 5, 2014 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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