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Texas Economy Unchanged in October, Reports the Comerica Bank Texas Economic Activity Index

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Texas Economy Unchanged in October, Reports the Comerica Bank Texas Economic Activity Index13:45 EST Tuesday, December 20, 2011DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's Texas Economic Activity Index was flat in October, unchanged at a level of 99. October's reading is 16 points, or 19 percent, above the index cyclical low of 83.  Year-to-date the index has averaged 97, eight percent above the average for all of 2010.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20010807/CMALOGO)"The Texas economy is still growing, but in recent months the pace of growth has eased, keeping our index flat for October," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "The good news is that job creation ticked up in October after flattening out over the previous three months. I expect that ongoing gains to employment and manufacturing activity through the end of 2011 will lift the Texas index out of its current flat phase. Lower oil prices are a risk to the state's economy. Weaker global macroeconomic conditions imply weaker demand growth and less price pressure in the months ahead. Another downside risk to job growth is the American Airlines bankruptcy. However, even with visible downside risks, I expect the Texas economy to continue to be a growth leader."The Texas Economic Activity Index equally weighs eight, seasonally-adjusted coincident indicators of real economic activity.  The eight indicators reflect activity in the manufacturing, travel, and trade sectors, as well as job growth and consumer outlays.  The Index levels represent a three-month moving average, used to smooth monthly volatility.  The Index is benchmarked so that 2008 equals 100.  A complete historical series dating to 1997 is available upon request.Comerica Bank is the commercial banking subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), the largest U.S. banking company headquartered in Texas, 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 Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and the San Antonio region of Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, 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: CONTACT: Data, Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815, maderrick@comerica.com, or Media, Wayne Mielke, +1-214-462-4463, wjmielke@comerica.com, both of Comerica