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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

Purchasers Shifting to New Equipment: Report
Purchasers of construction equipment have shifted attention to new machines from used, according to a report from Purchasing.com.
November 19, 2014 – Construction Equipment

Manufacturers 2Q Value-Added More Than $2 Trillion
Manufacturers added more than $2 trillion in value-added to the U.S. economy in the second quarter of 2014.
November 17, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

Exports Remain Sluggish for U.S.-Manufactured Goods
For manufacturers, dampened demand overseas has kept U.S.-manufactured goods exports sluggish so far this year.
November 10, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

Despite Encouraging Data, Manufacturers Continue to Have Concerns
Despite rising manufacturing activity, manufacturers continue to have a number of concerns.
November 3, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

US business borrowing for equipment rises in September: ELFA
U.S. companies' borrowing to spend on capital investment rose in September, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) said.
October 21, 2014 – Reuters

US growth 'modest to moderate', says Fed Beige Book
The US economy grew at a "modest to moderate" pace, the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book reports.
October 15, 2014 – BBC News

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