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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

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»

May 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 1.8%, to $228.9 billion. Unfilled orders decreased 0.5% and inventories fell 0.2%.      June 23, 2015 More»

May 2015 sales of new single family houses were 546,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), up 2.2% from April 2015 and up 19.5% from May 2014.    June 23, 2015 More»

The U.S. current account deficit increased to $113.3 billion in the first first quarter of 2015. The deficit increased to 2.6% of current dollar gross domestic product(GDP).   June 18, 2015 More»

May 2015 building permits were 1,275,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR), up 11.8% from April 2015 and up 25.4% from May 2014.    June 16, 2015 More»

April 2015 business inventories were $1,793.2 billion, up 0.4% from March 2015 and up 2.6% from April 2014. Sales were $1,318.8 billion, up 0.6% from March 2015.    June 11, 2015 More»

May 2015 retail and food services sales were $444.9 billion, an increase of 1.2% from April 2015. Retail trade sales were up 1.4% from April 2015.   June 11, 2015 More»

April 2015 wholesale inventories were $576.9 billion, Up 0.4% from March 2015. Sales were $448.3 billion, up 1.6% from March 2015.       June 9, 2015 More»

April 2015 international trade deficit decreased to $40.9 billion, down 19.2% from March 2015. Exports increased to $189.9 billion and imports decreased to $230.8 billion.    June 3, 2015 More»

April 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 0.4%, to $476.7 billion. Unfilled orders fell 0.1% and inventories rose 0.1%.   June 2, 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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