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MDM-Baird Distribution Survey: Growth Slows While Pricing Holds Steady

The second quarter of 2019 was not quite as strong as the first, but the forecasts continue to be upbeat
Latest Baird survey finds aggregate revenue growth up 3.2%, a deceleration of 90 basis points compared to last quarter. Despite the softening, industry leaders remain positive about the economy and expect a relatively normal second ...
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How Distributors Can Use an Economic Slowdown to Their Advantage

Three key areas to focus on to improve profits — even during a business slowdown.
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Chicago Fed National Index Rose to -0.02 in June

The CFNAI Diffusion Index increased to –0.26 during the month.
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Economist Shares Insights on Tariff, Amazon Impact for Distributors

CU Boulder’s Brian Lewandowski answers top questions from his recent MDM webcast.
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Nondurable Goods Manufacturing Increased 8.4% in the First Quarter

The 3.1% increase in real GDP was attributed to 16 of 22 industry groups.
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CEO Confidence Unchanged in 2Q

The Measure was unchanged at 43 in the second quarter of 2019.
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Wholesale Distribution Economy Shows Signs of a Slowdown

The market is still growing, but at a significantly slower pace from 2018, MDM’s Economic Benchmarks for Wholesale Distribution report shows.
Primary author and economist Brian Lewandowski of CU-Boulder shares how an enhanced outlook in this 14th edition of EBWD will allow distributors to better forecast growth potential for 19 business sectors. Subscribers should log-in below ...
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Manufacturing Employment Adds 17,000 jobs in June

The unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7% during the month.
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The Goods and Services Deficit Increased in May

Year-to-date, the goods and services deficit increased 6.4% from the same period in 2018.
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Manufacturing Sector Expanded in June

The June PMI registered 51.7%, a decrease of 0.4% from the May reading.
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