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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 12:25 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.               

Economy 101: 5 Things To Know About U.S. Growth

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some questions and answers surrounding a report...

U.S. Economy Grew At 3.5 Percent Rate In Third Quarter

October 30, 2014 11:24 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Many economists think full-year growth for 2015...

Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made In USA'

October 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Jolie Darrow, Director of Content Strategy, | News | Comments

A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to...

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Myers Industries Q3 Distribution Sales Down 3.6 Percent

October 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Myers Industries | News | Comments

Material handling sales jumped 25 percent in the quarter due to the acquisition of Scepter this past summer, while distribution sales dipped due to the closure of a Canadian branch.                   

General Cable Refines Strategic Focus As Q3 Sales Drop 6 Percent

October 30, 2014 10:41 am | by General Cable | News | Comments

Along with announcing a CEO transition, the company plans to simplify its geographic portfolio, reduce operational complexity, and focus on delivering increased returns from its core strategic operations.           

Construction Employment Expands in 236 U.S. Metro Areas

October 30, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated General Contractors Of America | News | Comments

Association officials said that as firms expand their payrolls, many are finding a limited supply of available qualified workers.                                   


Arrow Electronics Boosts Q3 Sales 11 Percent

October 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Arrow Electronics | News | Comments

The growth included an 8 percent sales rise in global components, while total year-to-date sales were up 7.7 percent.                                      

Will Amazon Curtail Investments After Latest Loss?

October 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

With Amazon under a microscope, where will the company focus its efforts and, just as important, its investments?                                       

Applied Reports Quarterly Sales Increase, Elects Independent Chairman

October 29, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Net sales for the quarter grew 16 percent over the same quarter last year and net income increased to $29.1 million, from $26.8 million.                    

Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon

October 28, 2014 1:42 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Thanks to a strengthening economy, few foresee any major policy changes when the Federal Reserve is done meeting this week.                                   

U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent In September

October 28, 2014 10:10 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The declines were likely a temporary soft patch that will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger growth.                                       


Middle Market Tax Burden Rising, Threatening Job Growth

October 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by McGladrey LLP | News | Comments

More than half of the 79 percent of middle market firms that had to cut their workforce in 2013 reported the "fiscal cliff" law contributed to that decision.                           

U.S. Industrial Vacancy Rate Lowest In More Than A Decade

October 24, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cushman & Wakefield | News | Comments

Research shows significant space absorption, which coupled with historically low supply, is driving strong rent growth in most major industrial hubs.                             

Year-To-Date Industrial Manufacturing M&A Value Skyrockets

October 23, 2014 4:08 pm | by PwC U.S. | News | Comments

Strong mega deal activity continues to drive value in 2014's third quarter past historic levels.                                            

Chicago Fed National Index Shows Growth Picked Up In September

October 23, 2014 12:37 pm | by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago | News | Comments

September’s data suggests that growth in national economic activity was somewhat above its historical trend.                                         

Most Construction Firms Report Having Trouble Finding Qualified Workers

October 22, 2014 3:52 pm | by Associated General Contractors Of America | News | Comments

A nationwide survey finds 83 percent of firms have difficulty finding craft workers as many firms boost pay and benefits.                                     


U.S. Consumer Prices Rose In September

October 22, 2014 3:34 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest inflationary pressures have allowed the central bank to keep interest rates at record lows to boost the economy.                                     

Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

The potential effects of enacting President Obama's proposed minimum wage hike to $10.10 are discussed for the economy, employers, and workers.                               

Construction Starts In September Climb 10 Percent

October 20, 2014 3:53 pm | by McGraw Hill Construction | News | Comments

The increase followed an up-and-down pattern during the previous two months, and brought activity to its highest level so far during 2014.                             

GE Sees Strong U.S. Economy As Profits Rise

October 20, 2014 3:20 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company told investors to expect a strong fourth quarter thanks to shipments of equipment and better profit margins for its industrial divisions.                             

Canadian Wholesale Sales Edge Up In August

October 20, 2014 1:53 pm | by Statistics Canada | News | Comments

Gains in three subsectors, in particular the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, more than offset declines elsewhere.                                   

Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 10:23 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found that only 24 percent of companies increased wages and salaries in the July-September quarter, despite steady job gains.               

August European Construction Up 1.5 Percent

October 20, 2014 9:15 am | by Eurostat | News | Comments

The gain was considerably larger than the 0.3 and 0.4 percent rises in July.                                                 

ISA Members See Faster Growth In September

October 17, 2014 11:18 am | by Industrial Supply Association | News | Comments

The ISA Distributor Index and Manufacturer Index both improved from August, indicating business expanded at a faster pace last month.                                 

Apartments Pushed Up U.S. Homebuilding In September

October 17, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The sluggish recovery and meager wage growth has left more Americans renting instead of owning homes.                                           

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Benefits At 14 Year Low

October 16, 2014 12:02 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The low number is the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.                                         

U.S. Retail Sales Fell In September on Autos, Gas

October 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales dropped 0.3 percent from the previous month.                                     

U.S. Producer Prices Fell 0.1 Percent In September

October 15, 2014 9:16 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An economic slowdown in Europe, China, Japan, and elsewhere should further mute inflationary pressures because it's driving the value of the dollar higher.                           

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