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Michigan Economy Flat in July, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Michigan Economy Flat in July, Reports Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index10:00 EDT Wednesday, October 05, 2011DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's Michigan Economic Activity Index was flat in July, unchanged at a level of 86.  The July index level is 15 points, or 21 percent, above the cyclical index low of 71. Year-to-date, the index has averaged 87 points, two points above the average for all of 2010.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010807/CMALOGO)"The Michigan economy received a needed boost from increased automobile production, beginning in July, as supply-chain constraints eased," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "Sales for the three Detroit automakers held up in August and September despite the severe drop in consumer confidence that we saw at the end of the summer. As long as auto sales remain supportive of the rebound in production, the Michigan manufacturing sector will hold on to recent gains. Lower gasoline prices and ample pent-up demand are also positives for the auto sector. Outside of durable goods manufacturing, conditions remain challenging. Consumer spending is fundamentally constrained by a weak housing market and a downshift in global macroeconomic expectations is keeping hiring tentative."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 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: Media, Robert Dye, +1-214-462-6839, radye@comerica.com, or Data, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815, maderrick@comerica.com, both of Comerica Bank