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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...

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...

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...

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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.                                           

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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.                           

Ailing Global Economy Could Lead Fed To Delay Rates Hike

October 14, 2014 5:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The economic slump could spill into the United States, potentially weakening job growth and keeping inflation well below the Fed's target rate.                               

China Surpasses U.S. As World’s Largest Economy

October 14, 2014 10:01 am | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

The International Monetary Fund says China’s surging economic power has surpassed the United States.                                           

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August Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 13, 2014 10:32 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The total is up from July but down year-over-year to August 2013.                                                     

U.S. Import Prices Fall In September, Export Prices Rise

October 10, 2014 10:43 am | by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Each of the three monthly import price decreases was led by falling fuel prices.                                                 

Gartner Identifies The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

October 9, 2014 12:38 pm | by Gartner | News | Comments

The top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.                   

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Climb In August, Sales Fall

October 9, 2014 10:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, while sales fell by the most since January.                                 

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 2.7 Percent In August

October 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The decline is attributed to a typical August slowdown due to summer holidays and automotive model change-overs.                                       

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U.S. Job Openings Rise In August As Hiring Falls

October 7, 2014 4:52 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The hiring fall, driven by declines in construction and retail, suggests a potential mismatch between the wages employers are willing to pay and the skills of the workers available to be hired.                 

Study: Omni-Channel Retailing Driving Third-Party Logistics Opportunity

October 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Capgemini Consulting | News | Comments

With consumers looking for always-on shopping opportunities, retailers are starting to invest in technology, supply chain resources, and fulfillment strategies that will provide a seamless experience across all retail sales channels.  

U.S. Industrial Manufacturers Forecast Solid Growth

October 7, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Survey respondents forecast an average growth rate of 5.6 percent over the next 12 months, up from 5.2 percent in the second quarter, and 4.2 percent a year ago.                         

ISM: Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The September PMI indicates growth for the 64th consecutive month in the overall economy and indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 16th consecutive month.                       

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008

October 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The low level could ratchet up pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise its benchmark interest rate earlier than it plans.                                     

Construction Adds 16,000 Jobs In September

October 3, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated General Contractors Of America | News | Comments

The employment gains come as more firms report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions.                                   

U.S. Trade Deficit Drops 0.5 Percent In August As Exports Rise

October 3, 2014 9:24 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Exports increased, aided by increased sales of petroleum, telecommunications equipment, and industrial engines.                                       

U.S. Factory Orders Post Record Drop

October 2, 2014 11:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                                                 

U.S. Companies Added 213,000 Jobs In September

October 1, 2014 2:12 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The figures suggest the government's jobs report on Friday could reveal a rebound in hiring.                                             

U.S. Construction Spending Down Again In August

October 1, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The decline was the second in the past three months, with weakness apparent in all sectors.                                             

Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy, Leads To Strongest Growth In 2 Years

September 30, 2014 3:49 pm | by aul Davidson, USA TODAY | News | Comments

A 12.6 percent surge in spending on non-residential structures — notably new and expanding factories — was a big reason for last week's upward revision of second-quarter economic growth.             

Residential Housing Market A Nagging Problem For Suppliers

September 30, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some distributors, like HD Supply, are seeing the slowdown in the residential market affecting their sales expectations for the year. Jack Keough expands on the issue.                         

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