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Economic Indicators

Don reviews the latest data for the Purchasing Managers Index, manufacturing production by industry, export and import growth, and trends in manufacturing employment.
Manufacturing industrial production fell 0.2% in May. The decline was widespread. Production was up in only 11 manufacturing industries (led by the motor vehicles and parts industry), but fell in 14 industries. The strong dollar is taking its toll on the manufacturing sector. In addition, the West...
U.S. Industrial Outlook: Growth Decelerates in 2015Need to Know . . .We forecast manufacturing production growth of 2.5% this year (after 3.5% growth in 2014)The relatively slow rebound in economic activity following the weather-related downturn is symptomatic of less growth momentum this...
A confluence of factors, including falling oil and natural gas prices, dollar appreciation, and consumers pulling back spending, has tempered the U.S. economic outlook for 2015, according to a new forecast.The MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...
Dan Meckstroth reviews the U.S. economic and manufacturing production outlook for 2015, 2016, and 2017. The MAPI Foundation revised down the 2015 growth forecast for the U.S. economy from 3.0% to 2.4% (the same growth as 2014). We also revised down the manufacturing production 2015 growth forecast...
MAPI Foundation Business OutlookComposite Index at 64 in April, Down From 66 in January; Most Individual Indexes FellSenior Financial Executives Surveyed on Hurdle Rates and InvestmentNeed to Know . . .Despite the decline in the composite index and most individual indexes, all but the Export Orders...
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...
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...

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