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Industrial Economics

The United States produces the most goods and services in the world.U.S. manufacturing rebounded from the recession faster than the rest of the economy. The sector is highly profitable and continues to expand. And U.S. industrial wares remain globally competitive, as rising inbound foreign...
Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies for the MAPI Foundation, reviews the current state as well as the outlook for a global economy in which a slowly broadening and strengthening U.S. economic rebound is sharply countered by weakness and instability through large parts of the world outside...
Latin America Manufacturing Outlook:Brazil's Deepening Recession Masks Mexico's Solid PerformanceNeed to Know . . .The MAPI Foundation's Latin America manufacturing index is expected to decline 0.9% this year and to expand 1.9% in 2016In 2015, a sizable recession across Brazil's industrial complex...
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...
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...
March 2015 was the first month since November 2014 in which U.S. manufacturing output registered growth. Nonetheless, there was considerable weakness during March in a number of large and important sectors such as aerospace, computers and electronics, and machinery. For the first quarter of 2015 as...
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...
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...
Need to Know . . .Contrary to many analysts’ expectations, a sustained period of lower oil prices will likely have a net negative impact on Latin AmericaMajor energy companies are postponing or even canceling the development of the most expensive oil and gas projects in the region because of...

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