U.S. Cement Consumption to Reach Nearly 80 Million Tons in 2013, PCA Reports
The Portland Cement Association last week said it expects 2013 cement consumption to reach nearly 80 million metric tons, a 4.5-percent increase over 2012. Consumption levels will reach 86 million metric tons in 2014, an 8.1 percent year-over-year gain, PCA said.
RER – 11/22/2013
Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Improves in November
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation just released the November 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 56.9, an increase from the October index of 54.0, demonstrating an overall steady industry outlook despite continuing concerns about the U.S. economy and the negative impact of federal government fiscal policies.
Compact Equipment – 11/21/2013
Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for September Down 6 Percent
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $725 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for September was $7.7 billion, down six percent compared to volume in September 2012
AED – 10/27/2013
New Index Shows Housing Markets Back to Normal in 52 Metros
Housing markets in 52 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide have now returned to or exceeded their pre-recessionary levels of activity, according to the newly minted National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).
Compact Equipment – 10/8/2013
Single-Family Production Pushes Housing Starts Up in August
Led by a solid increase in single-family starts, nationwide housing production rose 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000 units in August, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Compact Equipment – 9/25/2013
Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Remains Steady in September
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) released the September 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) on Sept. 20, 2013. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 61.3, steady with the August index of 61.0.
AED – 9/23/2013
Strong Conditions Revealed in Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.
Compact Equipment – 9/19/2013
U.S. single-unit housing starts rise
U.S. housing starts remained flat in August when compared to July's numbers, rising just short of a percentage point in August from the previous month. The numbers look better, however, when compared to the previous year - they are up 19 per cent from August 2012
Wood Business – 9/19/2013
Portland Cement Association Says Growth to Continue
An unusually wet spring and early summer dampened cement consumption for the first quarter of 2013, but did not put a wet blanket on the opportunity for strong growth in the construction sector in 2014 and beyond.
AED – 9/15/2013
Stone Production Volume Dips in Second Quarter
According to to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) quarterly sample survey of aggregates producers, lower stone production characterized the second quarter of the year when compared to last year.
Rock Products – 9/9/2013