17-Mar-2011 1:33 PM

Federal Reserve sees US economic recovery on firmer footing

US Federal Reserve stated (15-Mar-2011) information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in Jan-2011 suggests that the economic recovery is on a firmer footing, and overall conditions in the labor market appear to be improving gradually. Household spending and business investment in equipment and software continue to expand. However, investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector continues to be depressed. Commodity prices have risen significantly since the summer, and concerns about global supplies of crude oil have contributed to a sharp run-up in oil prices in recent weeks. Nonetheless, longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable, and measures of underlying inflation have been subdued.