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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

September 2014 sales of new single family houses were 467,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.2 percent from August's revised rate.                 Oct. 24, 2014 More»

Retail and food services sales in September 2014 were $442.7 billion. Excluding automobiles, retail and food services sales in September 2014 were $353 billion.    Oct. 15, 2014 More»

Business inventories in August 2014 were $1,752.3 billion. Sales were down 0.4 percent from the september.    Oct. 15, 2014 More»

Wholesale inventories in August 2014 were $538 billion, up 0.7 percent from the revised July level and sales were $453.9 billion, down 0.7 percent from the revised July level.    Oct. 9, 2014 More»

International trade in August 2014 deficit decreased 0.5 percent from July, to $40.1 billion. Exports to $198.5 billion and imports to $238.6 billion.             Oct. 3, 2014 More»

August 2014 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 10.1 percent, to $502.0 billion. Inventories rose 0.1 percent, to $653.9 billion.      Oct. 2, 2014 More»

August 2014 Construction spending was $961.0 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 0.8 percent from the revised July 2014.    Oct. 1, 2014 More»

August 2014 personal income increased 0.3 percent. The personal saving rate as a percentage of DPI was 5.4 percent in August.    Sep. 29, 2014 More»

The second quarter of 2014 real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.6 percent. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent.    Sep. 26, 2014 More»

August 2014 new orders for manufactured durable goods decreased to $245.4 billion. Overall shipments decreased 1.5 percent.       Sep. 25, 2014 More»

August 2014 sales of new single family houses were 504,000 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 18.0 percent from July's revised rate.    Sep. 24, 2014 More»

August 2014 building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 998,000, down 5.6 percent from the revised July rate.    Sep. 18, 2014 More»

In the second quarter of 2014 the U.S. current account deficit decreased to $98.5 billion, or 2.4 percent of GDP in the first quarter.    Sep. 17, 2014 More»


Tax Corners

Tentative dates and locations for the 2014 Annual Income Tax Course:   Click Here»

Bay St Louis, MS - December 8-9, 2014

Ridgeland, MS - December 9-10, 2014

Tunica, MS - December 11-12, 2014

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