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Tough times are just beginning

Wholesale distribution channels have been generally challenged and consolidating for years, but the distributor-to-industry sector has been sorely tested by a prolonged slump for the past 18+ months. Manufacturing America, which these distributors serve, ...
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Calculation of I.D.A. Inflation Index for January 2002

Summary of I.D.A. Inflation Index for the last 12 months:Jan Index 234.0Dec Index 233.9Nov Index 233.5Oct Index 233.8Sep Index 233.8Aug Index 233.3Jul Index 233.6Jun Index 233.0May Index 232.9Apr Index 232.5Mar Index 231.1Feb Index 230.7Please click ...
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February Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector indicated growth in February, ending 18 consecutive months of decline. The overall economy grew for the fourth consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM ...
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Bruce is back

Bruce is back and in good form as his article, E=MC2 measurements for distributors, illustrates. While not as visible on the lecture circuit last year, distribution consultant Bruce Merrifield was in creative mode. He assembled ...
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U.S. MARKET ANALYSIS: Conveyor Belting Flat - MRO

The industrial product group listed here - Conveyor Belting Flat - MRO - represented a market in 2001 of $514.7 million, according to estimates by Industrial Market Information, Minneapolis. These charts show the top ten ...
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Calculation of I.D.A. Inflation Index for January 2002

Summary of I.D.A. Inflation Index for the last 12 months:Jan Index 234.0Dec Index 233.9Nov Index 233.5Oct Index 233.8Sep Index 233.8Aug Index 233.3Jul Index 233.6Jun Index 233.0May Index 232.9Apr Index 232.5Mar Index 231.1Feb Index 230.7Please click ...
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2001 machine tool consumption down 34%

December U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $162.37 million, according to AMTDA - the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the ...
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E=MC2 measurements for distributors

Executive summary: While many recognize E=MC2 as Einstein's formula, fewer know what the letters stand for: energy, mass and the speed of light squared, or that it summarizes his theory of relativity. Some theoretical ...
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Value critical this year

While the economy is at the forefront of everyone's planning concerns for 2002, the real issue developing is protecting, maintaining and rebuilding profit margins. Based on a survey in January by MDM and interviews with ...
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PTDA Market Outlook Report

Click below to view the PTDA Market Outlook Report 'ᅠ% Change in Total Monthly Sales: Year-to-Year ...
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