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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

In the second quarter of 2015, the real GDP increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent. According to today's advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.   July 30, 2015 More»

June 2015 new orders for manufactured goods increased 3.4%, to $235.3 billion. Unfilled orders increased 0.1% and inventories rose 0.4%.   July 27, 2015 More»

June 2015 sales of new single family houses were 482,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), down 6.8% from May 2015 and up 18.1% from June 2014.   July 24, 2015 More»

June 2015 building permits were 1,343,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR), up 7.4% from May 2015 and up 30.0% from June 2014.        July 17, 2015 More»

May 2015 business inventories were $1,797.8 billion, up 0.3% from April 2015 and up 2.4% from May 2014. Sales were $1,323.6 billion, up 0.4% from April 2015.   July 14, 2015 More»

June 2015 retail and food services sales were $442.0 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from May 2015. Retail trade sales were down 0.3% from May 2015.               July 14, 2015 More»

May 2015 wholesale inventories were $581.9 billion, Up 0.8% from April 2015. Sales were $449.8 billion, up 1.3% from April 2015.       July 10, 2015 More»

May 2015 international trade deficit increased to $41.9 billion, up 2.9% from April 2015. Exports decreased to $188.6 billion and imports fell to $230.5 billion.    July 7, 2015 More»

May 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 1.0%, to $470.5 billion. Unfilled orders fell 0.5% and inventories decreased 0.2%.   July 2, 2015 More»

May 2015 construction spending was $1,035.8 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.8 percent from April 2015 and up 8.2 percent from May 2014.   July 1, 2015 More»

May 2015 personal income increased $79.0 billion, or 0.5% and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $65.5 billion, or 0.5%.   June 25, 2015 More»

In the first quarter of 2015, the real GDP decreased at an annual rate of 0.2 percent. According to today's third estimate.    June 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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