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Industrial Economics

Chief Economist Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., hosts a webinar detailing MAPI’s quarterly economic forecast.
MAPI Economist Yingying Xu explores the slowdown in China’s recent economic growth and provides a forecast for GDP and industrial production growth. She discusses trade, housing prices, credit and lending, and inflation. With weakened domestic demand, manufacturing activities slowed significantly...
Senior Economist Don Norman reviews the most recent manufacturing data. Some encouraging signs for manufacturing emerged in February despite the long hard winter that impacted most of the country. The Federal Reserve’s index of manufacturing output jumped by a surprising 0.8% in February, largely...
U.S. Industrial Outlook: A Pause Before an Acceleration Need to Know . . . The manufacturing outlook for 2014 and 2015 calls for about a percentage point acceleration in the growth rate each year Business investment-driven manufacturing is responsible for the acceleration in production...
What appears to be modestly firming economic activity in a U.S. economy will have the challenge of adjusting to higher market interest rates while confronting a difficult long-term unemployment picture. The recovery in the Eurozone is good news from the vantage point of diminished global risk from...
The manufacturing sector is recovering at a moderate rate, but after six years is only 78% recovered; production will not be fully recovered until the fourth quarter of this year. Traditional manufacturing, which excludes computers, semiconductors, and communications equipment, was 68% recovered...
  Need to Know . . . The survey found that the awareness of the importance of indirect spend is high but that the maturity levels of indirect spend programs vary Although most companies have a centralized or center-led approach to strategic sourcing, most firms (60%) utilize procurement to...
Need to Know . . . Structural developments across major Latin American countries will impact U.S. manufacturing companies doing business in the region Sizable energy-related projects in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina will affect most manufacturing sectors Brazil's upcoming major sporting...
Vice President and Chief Economist Dan Meckstroth reviews the most recent manufacturing data. Manufacturing production grew at a rapid rate, capacity utilization increased, exports are growing at a modest rate (but the trade deficit is not getting worse), capital equipment orders strengthened,...
European Industrial Outlook:Recovery Still Slow and Hesitant Need to Know . . . Most industrial sectors in the Eurozone are past the trough of the second recession; they are in a phase of decelerating decline Central European manufacturing is growing again, with the majority of sectors past...

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