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A look at the latest economic and market trends, and their impact on the distribution channel.

A World Divided: All Eyes Turn to Fed for Hints on Interest Rates

Global bankers call for rate increase, but U.S. conflicted on that move.
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4 Factors Clobber U.S. Economy

Low oil prices, declining yuan, unfavorable currency exchange and soaring trade deficit taking toll.
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What Happens in China Doesn't Stay in China

Devaluation of the Chinese yuan likely to have global impact.
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Soaring Trade Deficit 'Deeply Troubling'

MAPI economist laments growing deficit and accompanying trade-related job loss.
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'Aura of Crisis' Still Haunts Global Economy

MAPI report: Sluggish economies throughout world providing headwinds for U.S.
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2Q15 MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Slump Moves Beyond Oil & Gas

Broadening U.S. industrial weakness takes toll on distributors' revenues.
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More Mixed Signals for U.S. Economy

ISM Report shows manufacturing expansion, yet concerns linger.
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Slowness Doesn't Dampen Optimism

Distributors expanding capabilities to boost growth during "flat" economy.
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Employment Dampens Recovery View

Most distribution sectors still below prerecession employment levels.
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Canal Expansion to Ease Supply Chain Woes

Wider Panama Canal will give distributors more options for imports.
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