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Florida Index Increases in February

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Florida Index Increases in February

09:54 EDT Thursday, May 02, 2013

DALLAS, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's revised Florida Economic Activity Index increased in February, to a level of 109.0. The February index reading is 31 points, or 40 percent, above the index cyclical low of 78.0. The index averaged 103 in 2012, 10 points above the average for all of 2011. December's index reading was revised to 107.2.

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"Our Florida Economic Activity Index increased in February, consistent with signs of improving economic conditions in the Sunshine State. Most index components were positive for the month. Only exports and hotel occupancy dipped in February," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "Labor conditions are improving, and house prices are firming up, and those are two key positive factors for the Florida economy."

The Florida Economic Activity Index consists of seven variables, as follows: nonfarm payrolls, exports, sales tax revenues, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, building permits, and house prices.  All data are seasonally adjusted, as necessary, and indexed to a base year of 2008. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages.

In addition to Boca Raton, East Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, Palm Beach Gardens, Singer Island, Sarasota, Stuart, and Wellington, Florida, Comerica (NYSE: CMA) locations can be found in its headquarters state of Texas, as well as in Arizona, California and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To find Comerica on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares.

To receive this index directly to your email inbox, go to www.comerica.com/econsubscribe to subscribe. Follow us on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ.

SOURCE Comerica Bank

For further information: Robert Dye, (214) 462-6839, radye@comerica.com

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