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US Manufacturing Growth at Slowest Rate in Nearly 2 Years
The latest index report from the Institute for Supply Management fell to 51.5 from 52.9 in the previous month, coming in well below analysts' estimates of around 52.5.
Report Shows Manufacturers Behind on Risk Assessment Practices
What it found is the companies need to up their game and have a more analytical, agile, and clinical view of risk to effectively address the complexity and velocity of critical risks and disruptions to their businesses.
Home Prices Rise as Expected in Case-Shiller Report
The report shows home prices rose 0.87% from December, and 4.56% year-over-year. Expectations called for a rise of 0.6% from December and 4.6% from last year.
Low Oil Prices Slamming Texas Economy, Manufacturers
The business economy in Texas is taking a beating with fall in oil and gas prices along with the strong dollar, and the outlook for recovery isn't good.
Personal Income, Spending and Prices All Rise in February
Personal income, spending and consumer prices all rose in February, catching analysts off-guard on some of their predictions.
NAM-Supported Resolutions in the Senate Budget
The Republican-led Senate approved a budget in an overnight session last week. It contains hundreds of amendments, among them, dozens that affect manufacturers and how they run their businesses. The National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, sent a letter to the United States Senate regarding amendment votes on S. Con Res. 11, the Senate Budget Resolution.
Consumer Confidence Stays Strong Despite Drop
Much of the fall is attributed to lower income households hit with higher utility costs from the harsh winter. Households in the middle and higher income brackets saw an increase in confidence.
US GDP Grows 2.2% in Fourth Quarter, Up for 2014
Economic growth in the U.S. slowed to 2.2% in the fourth quarter as previously reported, and was not revised up to 2.4% as many economists predicted based on Q3's huge 5% gain.
Apple Co-Founder Talks Smartwatches and the Future
Wozniak has some concerns about smartwatches in general, "every one of them so far just seem to be between me and the better screen that I really want to see on my cell phone
Unemployment Claims Fall to Five-Week Low
Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted average of 282,000, according to the latest report from the Labor Department.
Durable Goods Orders Drop in February
Orders for core capital goods, a benchmark for future business investment, lost 1.4%, continuing six straight months of declines. However, shipments, a sign of economic growth, rose slightly by 0.2%.
World's Steel Production Dips in February
The World Steel Association's monthly report tracks raw (or crude) steel tonnage and capacity utilization across 65 countries. It notes that its participating countries represent about 98% of the world's raw steel output.
A New Face in Industrial Robotics
Weighing 42 lbs, Sawyer features an 8.8 lb payload, with 7 degrees of freedom and a 1-meter reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans.
3-D Tech and Manufacturing Team Up to Make Bigger, Better Printer
Parker Hannifin is partnering with +Mfg to build a new 3-D printing platform large enough and stable enough to print an engine block.
Kraft Recalls Mac & Cheese Over Metal Fragments
Kraft says it's received eight complaints from customers who found metal pieces among the macaroni. So far, there are no reports of any injuries.
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