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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

January 2016 retail and food services sales were $449.9 billion, up 0.2% from December 2015 and up 3.4% from January 2015.   Feb. 12, 2016 More»

December 2015 business inventories were $1,813.1 billion, up 0.1% from November 2015 and up 1.7% from December 2014. Sales were $1,302.3 billion.   Feb. 12, 2016 More»

December 2015 wholesale inventories were $582 billion, down 0.1% from November 2015 but up 1.9% from December 2014. Sales were $440 billion.   Feb. 9, 2016 More»

December 2015 international trade deficit increased 2.7% from November 2015, to $43.4 billion. Exports decreased 0.3% to $181.5 billion and imports rose 0.3% to $224.9 billion.   Feb. 5, 2016 More»

December 2015 new orders for manufactured goods decreased 2.9%, to $456.5 billion. Unfilled orders declined 0.5% and inventories rose 0.2%.   Feb. 4, 2016 More»

December 2015 construction spending was $1,116.6 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.1% from November 2015 and up 8.2% from December 2014.   Feb. 1, 2016 More»

December 2015 personal income increased $42.5 billion, or 0.3% and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $37.8 billion.   Feb. 1, 2016 More»

According to advance estimate real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the third quarter, real GDP increased 2.0%.   Jan. 29, 2016 More»

December 2015 new orders for manufactured goods fell to $225.4 billion. Unfilled orders decreased 0.5% and inventories increased 0.5%.   Jan. 28, 2016 More»

December 2015 building permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate(SAAR) of 1,232,000, down 3.9% from November 2015 and up 14.4% from December 2014.   Jan. 20, 2016 More»

November 2015 business inventories were $1,809.8 billion, down 0.2% from October 2015 but up 1.6% from November 2014. Sales were $1,313.5 billion.     Jan. 15, 2016 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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2 Year 0.875
5 Year 1.625
10 Year 2.250