May 14, 2003 - Industry News
April retail sales held their big gain in March, so the spring quarter has begun with sales 1% above the winter quarter average, according to Jim Haughey, senior economist for Newport Communications.
May 7, 2003 - Industry News
The amount of economic damage from the SARS virus cannot yet be fully measured because World Health Organization reports suggest that there are likely some contagious people not yet quarantined in several regions in China.
May 1, 2003 - Industry News
Manufacturing activity declined marginally in April after a big drop in February, with the ISM index of manufacturing activity falling to 45.4 from 46.2 based on a survey of industrial buyers
April 30, 2003 - Industry News
The consumer confidence index from the monthly Conference Board survey increased to 81.0 in April from 61.4 in March.
April 29, 2003 - Industry News
Personal income gained 0.4% in March after a 0.2% rise in February, according to the Commerce Department
April 25, 2003 - Industry News
Manufacturers shipped 1.0% more durable goods in March than February and booked 2.0% more orders, according to a Commerce Department report.
April 23, 2003 - Industry News
More than 75% of the fleets polled by CK Marketing & Communications this month, indicated that they plan to purchase both power units and trailer
April 22, 2003 - Industry News
The Conference Board reported that its index of leading economic indicators fell 0.2% in March on top of a 0.6% decline over the prior two months.
April 17, 2003 - Industry News
Housing starts jumped 8.3% to a 1.78-million annual rate from February's weather-reduced total.
April 11, 2003 - Industry News
The March Producer Price index from the Department of Commerce soared 1.6% from February on top of a 2.5% rise over the prior two months.
The Equipment Leasing Association's (ELA) president, Michael Fleming, told industry leaders in Chicago last week that there is pent-up demand for new equipment that will require companies to seek out more flexible financing to meet the demand
April 10, 2003 - Industry News
The U.S. trade deficit improved 3.2% in February as the balance of services improved, goods exports rose 1.1% and goods imports fell 0.2%, according to the Department of Commerce.
April 4, 2003 - Industry News
Even with 108,000 fewer jobs, the labor market report for March was still better than the report for February, says Jim Haughey, Newport Communication's senior economist
April 3, 2003 - Industry News
The SARS virus has begun to slow economic activity in Asian economies, says Newport Communications' senior economist Jim Haughey.
April 2, 2003 - Industry News
Nondurable goods orders and shipments dropped 1.4% in February from January according to a new report from the Department of Commerce.
April 1, 2003 - Industry News
The March manufacturing index from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) dropped to 46.2 in March from 50.5 in February over concerns about the impact of the war in Iraq.
March 28, 2003 - Industry News
Personal income rose 0.3% in February, on track with the trend over the past year, but nervous consumers kept consumption spending unchanged while the volume of consumer purchases, after inflation, fell 0.4% due to soaring energy prices.
March 27, 2003 - Industry News
February manufacturing shipments fell 1.6% and orders dropped 1.2% in a new Commerce Department report released Thursday
March 25, 2003 - Industry News
The March consumer confidence index slipped marginally lower to 62.5, according to The Conference Board's monthly survey, released on Tuesday.
March 20, 2003 - Industry News
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators dropped 0.4% in February after rising modestly for four months.
March 18, 2003 - Industry News
February housing starts fell to 1.62 million from 1.82 in January, mostly due to unseasonably bad building weather in much of the country.
March 14, 2003 - Industry News
The Producer Price Index increased 1.0% in February on top of a huge 1.6% rise in January. Meanwhile, factory production dropped 0.1% for the month.
March 13, 2003 - Industry News
February retail sales fell 1.7%, confirming that bad weather and war fears have ended the brief December/January 1.9% surge in consumer spending.
March 3, 2003 - Industry News
Personal income and construction spending are on the rise, manufacturing is slowly expanding while consumer spending is down according to different economic reports released Monday
February 27, 2003 - Industry News
The U.S. manufacturing sector started off the year with a bang, reporting its biggest gain in durable goods shipments and orders since last July.
Shipments of manufactured durable goods in January increased 3.5% following a 2% December decrease
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