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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

Ford Shines While Auto Industry Slumps

April 3, 2014 9:41 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Shares of Ford rallied in the first quarter while GM's stock was hit hard by recall woes. But shares of Toyota and Honda are stuck in reverse as well.                             

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month.                            

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U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales | News | Comments

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline.                               

Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

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Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

Trade Pacts May Boost Small Business

March 26, 2014 1:48 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Small businesses may get an export boom under trade agreements the federal government is hammering out with Pacific and European countries.                   

Orders Up For U.S. Manufactured Goods

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in February by the largest amount in three months, helped by solid gains in demand for airplanes and autos.             

Survey: China Manufacturing Falls To 8-Month Low

March 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to an eight-month low in March in another sign of slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy.                                     

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

U.S. Factory Output Rises In Februrary

March 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve says factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.                  

Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5 Pct.

March 12, 2014 2:39 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013.                                

Southeast Manufacturing Jumps In Feb. To Highest In 21 Months

March 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased in February, driven by strong improvements in all areas except employment, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today.            

U.S. Employers Added 175K Jobs In February

March 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.                            

Ford China February Sales Up 67 Pct.

March 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Continued strong demand for the Ford Focus, the best-selling nameplate in China last year, helped Ford China increase sales by 67 percent in February, with 73,040 vehicles sold.                      

Factory Orders Drop In January

March 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories fell in January for a second straight month but a key category that signals business investment plans rebounded. That could be an indication that businesses are becoming more confident.            

Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.                    

ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Cold Weather Hurt Automakers And Walmart, But Helped Others

March 4, 2014 9:48 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"The concept of a polar vortex doesn't feel good, but it's good for business," said Kane Calamari, a vice president at Ace Hardware Corp.                                 

Oil Prices Spike On Russia Sanctions Fears

March 3, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil prices jumped nearly $2 a barrel Monday as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.                        

March Will Test U.S. Auto Demand

March 3, 2014 2:08 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

As the spring thaw begins, automakers will see if the slowdown was due to historic cold temperatures and snowfall — as many believe — or if there are deeper reasons for sagging demand.                   

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