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Economy Blog


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

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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How Close is the Labor Shortage?

While global unemployment remains relatively high, economists predict it won't stay that way for long.
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Fracking Development Could Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing Exports

Economists say energy costs should fall but growth may not be substantial.
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Volatile Natural Gas Markets Demand Flexible Business Strategies

Asian development and demand, oil prices and economic struggles will affect future natural gas markets.
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Risk-Aversion Keeps Economy from Growing Faster

MAPI: Confidence is high, but consumers and businesses want to avoid debt-driven growth.
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Report: One-Third of Millennials Will Trade Personal Data for Job Security

PwC survey says that younger generations are more open to this type of data collection.
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Africa: The Next Economic Frontier?

Report: Africa poised to become one of the fastest growing economies by 2040.
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