California Economy Slumps In December, Reports Comerica Bank's California Economic Activity Index

  California Economy Slumps In December, Reports Comerica Bank's California
                           Economic Activity Index

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Comerica Bank's California Economic
Activity Index slumped in December, declining 1.7 points to a level of 100.7.
December's reading is 28 points, or 38 percent, above the index cyclical low
of 73.2. The index averaged 102 points for all of 2012, three points above the
average for all of 2011.


"After peaking mid-year, the California Economic Activity Index has declined
for each of the last five months, reaching the lowest point since February
2012 in December," said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. "The
only index variables notching a positive in December were building activity
and tourism. December weakness was likely exaggerated by the strike which
temporarily shut down southern California ports early in the month. Recent
state income and sales tax increases will add to the drag from federal-level
fiscal tightening in 2013."

The California Economic Activity Index consists of eight variables, as
follows: nonfarm payrolls, exports, sales tax revenues, hotel occupancy rates,
continuing claims for unemployment insurance, building permits, Baker Hughes
rotary rig count and the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV150). 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.

Comerica Bank, with 105 banking centers in the key California markets of San
Francisco and the East Bay, San Jose, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego,
Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Cruz/Monterey, and the Inland Empire, is a
subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA). Comerica is a financial
services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned
into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and
Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping businesses
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SOURCE Comerica Bank

Contact: Media, Robert Dye, +1-214-462-6839, or Data,
Meaghan Derrick, +1-214-462-6815,
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