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January Income Increases 11.5%

January Income Increases 11.5%

Real personal income jumped dramatically in January on the back of a new round of stimulus checks. Will an eventual reduction in stimulus mean that consumer spending will contract even faster? Perhaps not if the near record high personal savings rate falls to more recent normal levels.
Business Activity Surges on New Orders, Backlogs and Employment Gains

Business Activity Surges on New Orders, Backlogs and Employment Gains

Gardner Intelligence: Business Index 57.1 Business activity levels as recorded by the Gardner Business Index (GBI) expanded during February thanks to further activity gains in new orders, backlogs, and employment.  Excluding export activity, all index components reported rising levels of business activity over the prior month.  New orders and backlog readings for the month rose to levels last reported in mid-2018 and February’s employment activity matched readings last reported in mid-2019.  The encouragement created by these gains however was tarnished by a 6-point rise in the supplier delivery reading.  Rising delivery readings indicate that order-to-fulfillment times are lengthening and that manufacturers in general are struggling to obtain the upstream goods necessary to complete their orders.  Removing the inflationary impact of the supplier delivery reading from the overall Index would have resulted in a March reading of 54.1, placing this series at its own 2½ year high.
Capacity Utilization Continued Steady Climb in January

Capacity Utilization Continued Steady Climb in January

The rate of capacity utilization increased for the ninth month in a row, which led to the annual rate of contraction bottoming out.
Cutting Tool Orders Poised for Growth in 2021

Cutting Tool Orders Poised for Growth in 2021

The annual rate of contraction in cutting tool orders has nearly bottomed. And, based on trends in the Gardner Business Index and macroeconomic manufacturing data, cutting tool orders should see double-digit growth by year-end.
Durable Goods Production Shows Steady Improvement

Durable Goods Production Shows Steady Improvement

The month-over-month rate of change has contracted at a decelerating rate since April, indicating that the annual rate of change is about to bottom.
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