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American Fact Finder 
American FactFinder is a search engine that provides access to the population, housing and economic data collected by the Census Bureau. American FactFinder can be used to retrieve data from the 1990 and 2000 Census, Population Estimates, Economic Census and Surveys and a number of Annual Economic Surveys that provide statistics on manufacturing industries’ employment and expenses and business patterns.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Home page for the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Census Bureau's Economic Briefing Room
The Census Bureau's Economic Briefing Room page provides convenient access to a number of key coatings economic indicators, among them construction, new home sales, housing starts, manufacturing, retail, international trade and inventories. It also provides a tool to produce charts and graphs on demand.

Census Bureau, Annual Survey of Manufacturers for Coatings Industry (discontinued)
(MA325F - Paint and Allied Products)

Census Bureau, Quarterly Survey of Manufacturers for the Coatings Industry (discontinued)
(MQ325F - Paint and Allied Products)

Corporate Tax Statistics
The IRS's centralized resource on business tax information, from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Current Economic Conditions
Commonly known as the Beige Book, the Federal Reserve Board publishes this report eight times each year. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its District through reports from Bank and Branch directors and interviews with key business contacts, economists, market experts, and other sources. The Beige Book summarizes this information by District and sector.

Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization - G.17
The statistics in this release by the Federal Reserve cover output, capacity, and capacity utilization in the U.S. industrial sector, which is defined to comprise manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. Manufacturing comprises NAICS manufacturing industries (sector 31-33) plus the logging industry and the newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishing industries.

Economic & Housing Data
The National Association of Home Builders website offers economic data, including data on housing starts, permits, and completions, (subscription may be required).

Economic Census Report - Paint and Coating Manufacturing: 2007
The economic census, conducted by the Census Bureau every 5 years (covering years ending in "2" and "7"), is the major source of facts about the structure and functioning of the nation's economy.

This report provides more detail about the coatings industry, not only publishing data on the industry's revenues and shipments, but also such things as total employment, manufacturing operations, payrolls, value added, inventories, etc. It also provides data, in many cases, on a state level (as opposed to aggregated national data).

The Economics and Statistics Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce compiles Economic It provides timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Business Outlook Survey
The Business Outlook Survey is a monthly survey of manufacturers in the Third Federal Reserve District. Participants indicate the direction of change in overall business activity and in the various measures of activity at their plants: employment, working hours, new and unfilled orders, shipments inventories, delivery times, prices paid, and prices received. The survey has been conducted each month since May 1968.

Federal Reserve Economic Data
The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis publishes a wide variety of economic data, including 45,000 economic time series from 41 sources at its “FRED” website.

FedStats provides a window on the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. It allows users to track economic and population trends, education, health care costs, aviation safety, foreign trade, energy use, farm production, and more and to access official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies without having to know in advance which agency produces them.

Highlights from the Preliminary Report on Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders
This provides information on manufacturing, including new orders for manufactured goods, shipments, unfilled orders, the unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio, inventories, and the inventories-to-shipments ratio.

Monthly Producer Price Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
In the "Choose Industry" box, select "3255_ Paint & Coating Mfg"

Monthly Retail Trade Sales Data
This website provides U.S. Census Bureau data on the retail trade sector.

Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey
This website provides U.S. Census Bureau data on the wholesale sector.

U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The ITA provides international trade statistics through its TradeStats Express™ website.

U.S. Economic Indicators
Key census bureau area for national economic indicators data. These include links for data on construction, governments, manufacturing, mining, retail trade, services, transportation, wholesale trade, and international trade.

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