American consumers were feeling more a bit more optimistic in May following a slight decline in confidence in April.
The pace of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose for a third straight month in December, raising an index of pending home sales by 0.5 percent.
U.S. services companies expanded at a slower pace in December for the second straight month.
U.S. builders spent 0.8 percent more on construction projects in November.
The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits remained the same from the previous week at 245,000, a low level signaling a healthy job market.
Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes at the fastest pace in more than 25 years in November, with sales skyrocketing 17.5 percent amid robust demand and a continued shortage of existing homes on the market.
Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose last month by 1.3 percent, boosted by orders for both commercial and defense aircraft.
U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in July, but at a slower pace than in June.
Orders at U.S. factories tumbled in July, dragged down by a sharp fall in orders for civilian aircraft.
U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in June by the largest amount in seven months, while sales also rose.
Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.
American consumers increased their borrowing at the slowest pace in April than they have in almost six years.
U.S. construction fell in April by the largest amount in a year, reflecting weakness in homebuilding, non-residential construction and government projects.