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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...

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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

August 2015 construction spending was $1,086.2 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.7% from July 2015 and up 13.7% from August 2014.   Oct. 1, 2015 More»

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis personal income increased $52.5 billion, or 0.3%, and disposable personal income increased $47.1 billion, or 0.4%, in August 2015.   Sep. 28, 2015 More»

According to the third estimate, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 3.9% in the second quarter of 2015 In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.6 percent.   Sep. 25, 2015 More»

Sales of new single family houses in August 2015 were 552,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), up 12% from July 2015. and up 5.7% from August 2014.   Sep. 24, 2015 More»

August 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 2.0%, to $236.3 billion. Unfilled orders declined 0.2% and inventories increased 0.1%.   Sep. 24, 2015 More»

The U.S. current-account deficit decreased to $109.7 billion in the second quater of 2015 from $118.3 billion in the first quater. The deficit decreased to 2.5 percent of current dollar gross domestic product (GDP) from 2.7 percent in the first quarter.   Sep. 17, 2015 More»

August 2015 building permits were 1,170,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR), up 3.5% from July 2015 and up 12.5% from August 2014.       Sep. 17, 2015 More»

July 2015 business inventories were $1,812.4 billion, up 0.1% from June 2015 and up 2.6% from July 2014. Sales were $1,328.0 billion, up 0.1% from June 2015.   Sep 15, 2015 More»

August 2015 retail and food services sales were $447.7 billion, an increase of 0.2% from July 2015. Retail trade sales were up 0.1% from July 2015.   Sep. 15, 2015 More»

July 2015 wholesale inventories were $584.3 billion, down 0.1% from June 2015. Sales were $449.5 billion, down 0.3% from June 2015.   Sep. 10, 2015 More»

July 2015 international trade deficit decreased to $41.9 billion, down 7.4% from June 2015. Exports increased to $188.5 billion and imports fell to $230.4 billion.    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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