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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

April 2015 building permits were 1,143,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR), up 10.1% from March 2015 and up 6.4% from April 2014.    May 19, 2015 More»

March 2015 business inventories were $1,786.2 billion, up 0.1% from February 2015 and up 2.9% from March 2014. Sales were $1,309.7 billion, up 0.4% from February 2015.    May 13, 2015 More»

April 2015 retail and food services sales were $436.8 billion, up 0.9% from April 2014. Retail trade sales were down 0.1% from March 2015.   May 13, 2015 More»

March 2015 wholesale inventories were $574.5 billion, Up 0.1% from February 2015. Sales were $441.6 billion, down 0.2% from February 2015.       May 8, 2015 More»

March 2015 international trade deficit increased to $51.4 billion from February 2015. Exports increased to $187.8 billion and imports rose to $239.2 billion.    May 5, 2015 More»

March 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 2.1%, to $476.5 billion. Unfilled orders rose 0.1% and inventories fell 0.2%.   May 4, 2015 More»

March 2015 construction spending was $966.6 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 0.6% from the February 2015 and up 2.0% from March 2014.   May 1, 2015 More»

March 2015 personal income increased $6.2 billion and disposable personal income increased $1.6 billion.Personal consumption expenditures increased 0.4%.       Apr. 30, 2015 More»

April 2015 real gross domestic product(GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2015, real GDP increased by 2.2%.    Apr. 29, 2015 More»

April 2015 the conference board reports its consumer confidence index declined to 95.2 in April 2015, down from 101.4 in March 2015. The expectations index decreased to 87.5 in April.        Apr. 28, 2015 More»

March 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 4.0%, to $240.2 billion. Unfilled orders increased $0.3 billion and inventories increased to 0.1%.   Apr. 24, 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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