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Economy Blog


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

Report: U.S. Manufacturing Grows, but So Do Imports

Offshoring of manufacturing still outpacing reshoring.
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Manufacturing Sector Poised for Prosperous 2015

MAPI forecasts production to grow 3.5 percent next year thanks to job gains.
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Tax Policy, Regulatory Issues Hold Back Investment

Regulatory costs biggest cost concern for CEOs in fourth quarter Business Roundtable index.
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Survey: Millennials More Optimistic about 2015

Most small- business owners expect their local economies to grow in the next 12 months.
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MAPI Bullish on U.S. Manufacturing

Sector’s capacity utilization close to previous peak.
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Survey: Positive Indicators Dampened by Talent Challenge

Manufacturers struggle to overcome perception of millennials lacking work ethic.
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3Q14 MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Revenue Growth Hits Two-Year High

Slowdown projected for 4Q, but respondents encouraged by improvement to date in 2014.
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Outlook: Lower Raw Material Cost, New Products Expected to Trigger Growth for Industrial Manufacturers

Industrial manufacturers remain optimistic about growth in 2015.
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Surveys: Executives Bullish on Economy in 2015

Positive year has many projecting continued growth, increased M&A activity.
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Millennial Demand to Drive Growth in Housing, Automobile Markets

Great Recession failed to turn millennials against home ownership.
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