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Economic Indicators

Dan Meckstroth, MAPI Foundation vice president and chief economist, reviews the most recent manufacturing data on industrial activity. Indicators for industrial production, capacity utilization, orders for capital goods, and manufacturing employment paint a picture of positive but moderating growth...
Oil Demand: The Other Side of the EquationNeed to Know . . .The rise in U.S. oil production since 2008 has contributed to the dramatic fall in the price of oil since June 2014Slower growth of oil consumption due to a slowdown in world economic growth and increased energy efficiency is just as...
MAPI Foundation Business OutlookComposite Index at 66 in January, Down From 67 in October; Individual Indexes MixedSenior Financial Executives Surveyed on Plant and Equipment Spending, ReshoringNeed to Know . . .The Composite Business Outlook Index decreased from 67 in October to 66 in...
The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, released its quarterly economic forecast, predicting that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.8% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2016. Both are declines from the August report—of 3.0%...
Don Norman, director of economic studies at the MAPI Foundation, reviews the most recent manufacturing data on industrial activity. Indicators for industrial production, capacity utilization, orders for capital goods, and manufacturing employment paint a relatively positive picture. Manufacturing...
U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth AheadNeed to Know . . .Manufacturing production is forecast to grow 3.5% in 2015, 3.9% in 2016, and 3.1% in 2017Job gains are the core driver of economic growthInvestment growth drivers include natural gas infrastructure, the housing supply chain,...
Earlier this week I presented at TRENDS Annual Nonprofit Forecast and Risk Review at the University Club in D.C. (download my presentation slides here). The event focused on risk management strategies for 2015 and a review of association executive plans and sentiment. I joined speakers from the...
Latin America Manufacturing OutlookMexico's Positive Cycle Contrasts With Brazil's Worrisome ProspectsNeed to Know . . .The MAPI Foundation manufacturing forecast for Latin America has been revised downward from our July 2014 report; we predict no growth in 2014 and a still shy 1.8% in 2015In 2014...
At a much better than expected 321,000, the net payroll gain in the U.S. economy during November was certainly encouraging. We have had moments of similar employment creation strength in recent years, most notably the 360,000 gain in January 2012 and the 322,000 gain in April 2011. But those were...
A marketing executive approached MAPI for help improving how they measure market size and market share. They wanted to know: Do other companies use their own market research team, external resources, or both for measuring market potential, size, and share?What third-party firms can fellow members...

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