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Area manufacturing sector grows for first time in months
Milwaukee area manufacturing activity showed growth for the first time since March, according to data released today by Marquette University.
January 29, 2016 – BizTimes

Optimism Softens Among Construction Industry Executives Despite Bullish Outlook
The construction industry is entering 2016 less optimistic than in 2015, but overall bullish about local, nonresidential construction activity, according to a recent survey of industry contractors and equipment distributors released today from Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company.
January 19, 2016 –

Global Challenges Hurt Exports of U.S.-Built Goods
Global challenges have taken a toll on manufacturers in the United States, with exports of U.S.-manufactured goods down 6.4 percent year-to-date through November.
January 19, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers

U.S. factory, construction data point to tepid growth
U.S. manufacturing contracted further in December as lower oil prices undercut spending in the energy sector while construction spending fell in November for the first time in nearly 1-1/2 years, suggesting the economy ended 2015 with less momentum.
January 4, 2016 – Reuters

Business leaders offer outlook for 2016
A panel of business executives -- Aaron Olver of University Research Park, Mary Ellen Stank of Baird and Co., and Austin Ramirez of Husco International -- discuss the outlook for the new year.
January 2, 2016 – WISN

Interview with Economist Ed Sullivan: Fundamentals are Strong
Edward Sullivan is chief economist for the Portland Cement Association, and has been repeatedly cited by the Chicago Federal Reserve as the most accurate forecaster regarding economic growth among 30 top economists.
December 18, 2015 – RER

Manufacturing Hiring Continues to Struggle
Overall November jobs numbers were widely interpreted as a positive for the U.S. economy - a sign that the labor market in general is moving in the right direction. One of the larger exceptions to that is manufacturing, which continues to struggle.
December 14, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing Rebounds, but Demand, Output Still Softer Than Desired
There were some modest signs of progress to note in recent data, including a rebound in manufacturing production in October. Despite slightly better performance, however, demand and output have been softer than desired for much of this year.
November 23, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

PNC economist: Strong dollar hurting Milwaukee manufacturers
U.S. manufacturing growth has slowed this year as the strength of the U.S. dollar has made it harder to compete and energy sector demand has decreased.
November 18, 2015 – BizTimes

Will Americans Open Their Wallets for the Holidays?
As we approach the all-important holiday spending season for retailers, analysts will be looking closely for clues to gauge how much Americans will be willing to open their wallets.
November 16, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Despite Strong Job Numbers, Manufacturers Remain Challenged
Strong jobs numbers last Friday enhanced the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will begin to increase short-term interest rates in December, which was already becoming the conventional wisdom. Yet manufacturers remain challenged.
November 12, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Pullback in Inventories Slows U.S. Growth in Q3
The U.S. economy slowed in the third quarter, growing just 1.5 percent after rebounding more strongly by 3.9 percent in the second quarter.
November 5, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Disappointing News Shows Manufacturers Continue to Struggle
There is a persistent drip, drip, drip of disappointing news in recent data showing continuing struggles in the manufacturing sector.
October 21, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Trade Deficit Widens as Manufactured Goods Exports Decline
The U.S. trade deficit widened again in September as manufactured goods exports declined 5.6 percent year-to-date relative to the same time period last year.
October 14, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Some Bright Spots in Last Week's Economic Data
Despite two disappointing reports about the current health of the manufacturing sector, there were some bright spots to note in the economic data out last week.
October 5, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Regional economy is slowing, survey says
A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwestern states, including Kansas and Missouri, suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.
October 1, 2015 – KansasCity Star

August Equipment Leasing and Financing Down 7% from 2014
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $903-billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for August was $6.9 billion, down 7% from new business volume in August 2014.
September 30, 2015 – Lift & Access

Interest Rate Increase Likely Shifted to December
There had been some expectations that the Fed might begin to increase short-term interest rates at its September meeting, but given recent financial market volatility, conventional wisdom has now shifted for normalization of federal funds rates to start at the December 15-16 meeting.
September 16, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

MAPI Report Tempers Expectations For U.S. Manufacturing Sector
The latest quarterly forecast from the MAPI Foundation is slightly more pessimistic about the nation's manufacturing sector than three months ago.
August 28, 2015 –

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Up Two Percent In July
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in July, and demand in a key category that tracks business investment plans jumped by the largest amount in 13 months.
August 26, 2015 –

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