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U.S. consumer confidence, house prices offer hope for economy
U.S. consumer confidence rebounded strongly in March amid optimism over the labor market while house prices increased in January, hopeful signs that a recent sharp slowdown in economic activity was probably a blip.
Reuters – 3/31/2015

Contract settlement ends West Coast port slowdown
West Coast ports are resuming full operation after settlement of a labor dispute that snarled Asia-bound traffic for weeks, hitting meat and produce exports especially hard.
AgriPulse – 2/21/2015

Double-Digit Spike for December New Home Sales
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 11.6 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 481,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Rock Products – 1/29/2015

Latest Survey of Manufacturers. Reflects Optimism about Coming Months
The latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers continues to reflect optimism about the coming months, with 91.2 percent of survey respondents saying they are either somewhat or very positive about their own company's outlook.
National Association of Manufacturers – 12/8/2014

Purchasers Shifting to New Equipment: Report
Purchasers of construction equipment have shifted attention to new machines from used, according to a report from Purchasing.com.
Construction Equipment – 11/19/2014

Despite Encouraging Data, Manufacturers Continue to Have Concerns
Despite rising manufacturing activity, manufacturers continue to have a number of concerns.
National Association of Manufacturers – 11/3/2014

US business borrowing for equipment rises in September: ELFA
U.S. companies' borrowing to spend on capital investment rose in September, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) said.
Reuters – 10/21/2014

New construction equipment sales up 11 percent in August, used sales down
Compared to one year ago, the number of new financed construction equipment units sold rose 11 percent this August, according to Equipment Data Associates figures.
Equipment World – 10/8/2014

Machinery is the Only Industry to Experience Declining Production in September
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
AED News – 10/7/2014

Indicators Show Marked Improvements in U.S. Economy
Several recent indicators have shown marked improvements in the U.S. economy and for manufacturing activity, particularly when compared to earlier in the year.
National Association of Manufacturers – 10/6/2014