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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 – Manufacturing.net
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.net
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