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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 –

Manufacturing Sector Starts Q3 with Improved Activity
Last week, there were some encouraging signs that the manufacturing sector in the United States was starting the third quarter with improved activity.
August 21, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturers Continue to Add Workers in July
Manufacturers added 15,000 net new workers in July, the fastest pace since January.
August 11, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Attention Turns to China's Decelerating Growth
Just two weeks ago, the Greek debt drama overshadowed the plunge in the Shanghai stock market, but with Greece receiving a bailout (and staying in the Eurozone, at least for now), more attention is being paid to China's decelerating growth.
July 31, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

N. America drives global cement consumption increase, reports PCA
Cement consumption among developed economies have increased by more than 9 million tonnes in 2014 and 2015, according to a recent report by the Portland Cement Association (PCA).
July 23, 2015 – On-Site

Fed Chair Notes Economic Progress, Lingering Challenges
In her semiannual congressional testimony last week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted recent progress in the U.S. economy, even as she observed lingering challenges with manufacturing output and weaker-than-desired levels of consumer and business spending.
July 21, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing Sector Not Fully Recovered from Early Weakness
There are several reminders that the manufacturing sector has not recovered fully from economic weaknesses earlier in the year, even as business leaders remain cautiously optimistic about activity in the coming months.
July 6, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

U.S. economy nearing full employment, bounced back in second quarter: Fed's Fischer
The U.S. economy probably bounced back to an annual growth rate of around 2.5 percent in the second quarter, and the labor market is approaching full employment, Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer said on Tuesday.
July 1, 2015 – Reuters

US economy shrank at annual pace of 0.2% in first quarter
The US economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of the year after being hit by bad weather, spending cuts among energy firms and the strong dollar.
June 24, 2015 – BBC News

Business Leaders Less Optimistic About Growth
Results of several recent surveys show that business leaders are less upbeat today than six months ago.
June 15, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Fed Notes Economic Improvements in Most Recent Report
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book reported that the economy expanded modestly in its recent assessment.
June 10, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Nonresidential Construction Spending Surges in April
The recent Census Bureau release regarding nonresidential construction spending did not just offer good news about April; it also supplied upwardly revised spending data for both February and March.
June 3, 2015 – Compact Equipment

First Quarter GDP Declines for Second Year in a Row
The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter for the second year in a row, with revised data showing that real GDP declined by 0.7 percent.
June 2, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing activity rises in May
Manufacturing activity picked up modestly last month in a sign that a recent slump in the sector may be easing.
June 1, 2015 – USA Today

Pending home sales jump to highest in 9 years
Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market.
May 28, 2015 – USA Today

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