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The European economy shows signs of a modest recovery but the manufacturing sector remains subdued. Aside from the broad energy sector, which benefits from lower oil prices, few other industries stand out. Sales of cars hold up well because lower interest rates spur the replacement cycle at the...
Lower oil prices at the gas pump and elsewhere mean more purchasing power for U.S. consumers and provide a relatively positive near-term economic outlook, according to a new report.The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, released...
The most recent data on industrial production, capacity utilization, orders for capital goods, and manufacturing employment point to a weak first quarter for manufacturing activity. Given slower growth in China, very slow growth in the Eurozone, the rising value of the dollar, and the fall in the...
U.S. Industrial Outlook: Strong Dollar Offsets Low Energy PricesNeed to Know . . .Manufacturing production is forecast to grow 3.7% in 2015 and 3.6% in 2016Low energy prices allow consumers to buy more non-energy goods and services and lower manufacturing costs. The offset is that low prices will...
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,...

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