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Michigan Economy Ticks Down in May, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Michigan Economy Ticks Down in May, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index09:00 EDT Thursday, July 07, 2011DALLAS, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index fell one point in May, ticking down to a level of 87.  The May index level is 16 points, or 23 percent, above the cyclical index low of 71.  May's level is three points above the average for all of 2010. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010807/CMALOGO)Strong state payroll growth and increased auto production drove the Michigan Economic Activity Index up over the first quarter of 2011.  Michigan nonfarm payrolls declined in both April and May.  A combined significant monthly drop in April auto production, likely due to Japanese disaster related supply-chain disruptions, held the index down in April and May.  As these headwinds dissipate, the local economy should begin showing more strength against a background of moderate national expansion.        The Michigan Economic Activity Index equally weighs nine, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity.  These indicators reflect activity in the construction, manufacturing and service sectors as well as job growth and consumer outlays.  A complete Index history is available upon request. Comerica Bank is the commercial banking subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Michigan and Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, and Florida, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To receive this Index directly to your email inbox, go to www.comerica.com/econsubscribe to subscribe.SOURCE Comerica BankFor further information: Data, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815, maderrick@comerica.com, or Media, Wayne Mielke, +1-214-462-4463, wjmielke@comerica.com, both of Comerica