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"Designed to answer questions about the makeup, purpose, use, and availability of economic indicators in a broad sense of the term ... in addition to identifying and describing indicators, the entries show how they are calculated, where they are published, how they are used, where their values are published, and where one can find fur
The Beige Book is produced by the Federal Reserve Bank and gives a descriptive overview of current and future economic conditions for each of the 12 geographic areas served by a Federal Reserve Bank, including Boston. It is published 8 times each year.
County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. Government agencies use the data for administration and planning.
"The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner." -- website
"...collects, analyses, and reports on housing production, marketing, affordability, foreclosures, and trends throughout the United States on a quarterly basis. Each issue features a summary piece that elucidates what the statistical trends indicate. You will find national, regional, and historical data as well as housing market profiles on ten different housing markets." -- website