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Renewed Strength of Euro Could Help U.S. Manufacturers
Many of the underlying long-term fundamentals in North America and Europe remain the same, but manufacturers worried about the negative impact of a soaring dollar got some welcome relief last week in the recent easing of the greenback.
May 19, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

ARA's April Economic Survey Indicates Strong Growth for 2015
American Rental Association (ARA) equipment rental store owners and managers, as well as product suppliers to the industry, continue to anticipate strong growth for 2015.
May 5, 2015 – forconstructionpros.com

U.S. Manufacturing Production Up Slightly in March
Manufacturing production increased 0.1 percent in March. This followed three months of weaker data, including declines in both January and February.
April 23, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Rate Increases Likely This Summer, Economists Say
The consensus among economists is that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will start to increase its federal funds rate, which has been effectively zero since the end of 2008, in June, July or September.
April 13, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Strong dollar puts strain on manufacturers' bottom line
The U.S. dollar has been growing increasingly strong in recent months, thanks to a growing national economy and falling oil prices. But this has strained manufacturers who are looking to sell their suddenly more costly products overseas or compete with foreign companies on bids.
April 12, 2015 – Crain's Cleveland Business

U.S. consumer confidence, house prices offer hope for economy
U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in March amid optimism over the labor market while house prices increased in January, hopeful signs that a recent sharp slowdown in economic activity was probably a blip.
March 31, 2015 – Reuters

U.S. Economic Data Reflect Dampened Activity
As we have seen in past weeks, economic data continue to reflect dampened activity in the early months of 2015 as a result of a number of significant headwinds.
March 30, 2015 – National Association of Equipment Manufacturers

U.S. Economy Sputters, Some Weakness Indicated
The U.S. economy has sputtered a bit in the early months of 2015. While it continues to grow modestly, several economic indicators are weaker than we would prefer.
March 23, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Global Developments Hurt U.S. Exports
Global developments could hurt the ability of manufacturers in the United States to grow exports.
March 16, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Headwinds Affect Manufacturing Outlook in Latest Survey
Sluggish growth abroad, a stronger U.S. dollar, the West Coast ports slowdown, still-cautious consumers and sharply lower energy prices have combined to provide a significant headwind for many manufacturers.
March 9, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Softness Seen in Recent Economic Indicators
While manufacturers remain mostly optimistic in their outlook, we have seen softness in a number of recent economic indicators.
March 4, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Contract settlement ends West Coast port slowdown
West Coast ports are resuming full operation after settlement of a labor dispute that snarled Asia-bound traffic for weeks, hitting meat and produce exports especially hard.
February 21, 2015 – AgriPulse

Consumer, Small Business Sentiment Fall
Measures of consumer and small business sentiment both fell unexpectedly last week, representing a pullback in optimism after reaching pre-recessionary highs the month before.
February 17, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

U.S. Manufacturers Add Nearly 19,000 Workers Per Month
Manufacturers in the United States have added roughly 18,800 workers per month on average over the past 13 months, with an average of 29,000 from October through January.
February 9, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Double-Digit Spike for December New Home Sales
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11.6 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
January 29, 2015 – Rock Products

Quantitative Easing in Europe Could Affect U.S. Manufacturers
The European Central Bank (ECB) finally announced its long-awaited quantitative easing program on Thursday.
January 26, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing Employment Continued to Grow in 2014
Manufacturers hired an additional 15,500 workers on average each month in 2014, with 762,000 more employees since the end of 2009.
January 12, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Growth in Manufacturing Activity Slows in December
Growth in manufacturing activity slowed somewhat in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).
January 5, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Latest Survey of Manufacturers. Reflects Optimism about Coming Months
The latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers continues to reflect optimism about the coming months, with 91.2 percent of survey respondents saying they are either somewhat or very positive about their own company's outlook.
December 8, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

Central Banks Act in Attempt to Lift Global Economy
Central banks around the world have acted recently in an attempt to lift a sagging global economy.
November 24, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

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