December Burgundy Book Shows Continued Weakness in the St. Louis Regional Economy


ST. LOUIS — The December edition of the Burgundy Book, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' quarterly summary of detailed economic information and data for the St. Louis region, is now available. The St. Louis region covers 71 counties in eastern Missouri and 45 counties in southern Illinois. (To view online visit the Bank's web site:

In addition, MP3 audio of clips of highlights from the Burgundy Book can be heard at: The audio clips feature St. Louis Fed economist and vice president Howard J. Wall commenting on several important economic indices in the St. Louis region, including consumer spending, manufacturing, real estate and construction, banking and finance, and agriculture. (NOTE: Reporters who prefer to interview Mr. Wall directly should contact the St. Louis Fed.)

With branches in Little Rock, Louisville and Memphis, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis serves the Eighth Federal Reserve District, which includes all of Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi. The St. Louis Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., comprise the Federal Reserve System. As the nation's central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates U.S. monetary policy, regulates state-chartered member banks and bank holding companies, and provides payment services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.

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