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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

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

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