"Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that overall economic activity continued to increase at a modest to moderate pace."
In other words, the economy continues to chug along much as it has for the last few years. As Bloomberg News notes:
"The previous Beige Book, released June 5, used the same phrase as today's report, a 'modest to moderate pace,' to describe growth across 11 of 12 districts."
Among the evidence of continued growth cited in the latest Beige Book:
"Manufacturing expanded in most Districts since the previous report, with many Districts reporting increases in new orders, shipments, or production. Most Districts noted that overall consumer spending and auto sales increased during the reporting period. ... Hiring held steady or increased at a measured pace in most Districts, with some contacts noting reluctance to hire permanent or full-time workers."
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