MAPI — Manufacturers Alliance News and Reports —Troubles in the EU and More

A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI.

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Issues in the Brief

A Transatlantic Economic Decoupling Beckons
Regardless of how Greece resolves its payment crisis in the next few weeks, there are bound to be knock-on effects on financial markets, primarily in Europe. A last-minute infusion of cash to Athens that is coupled with at least a partial reprieve on immediate payments would lift the confidence of investors and consumers alike.

Six Facts to Know About Millennials
One of the hottest topics in the business world today is how to manage the new generation of workers. There’s more discussion and more research being done today on people born in the last two decades of the 20th century—the rough boundaries given to the demographic cohort called “millennials”—than on any generation before it.

U.S. Manufactured Exports Down 4% in May
U.S. exports of manufactures in May were $98 billion, down 4% from 2014, imports were up by only $1 billion, to $149 billion, resulting in a 10% increase in the trade deficit to $51 billion.

With or Without a Greek Bailout, the Real Loser Is the EU
The tentative agreement reached over the weekend to consider a third assistance program to Greece is ambitious. Much will have to fall into place for it not only to hold, but also to deliver true relief. For example, the deal creates a €50 billion escrow fund for privatization receipts with which to recapitalize banks.

 

Economic Update

U.S. Industrial Outlook: Growth Decelerates in 2015
Manufacturing industrial production fell at a 1.0% annual rate in the first quarter of 2015—faster than the 0.7% pace of decline in the overall economy. Production activity fell sharply in January and February, primarily because of the severe winter weather across much of the nation.

Manufacturing Activity in June 2015
In this short video, Dan points out the discrepancy between the Purchasing Managers Index and industrial production data. Manufacturing’s production decline in May was widespread, with 14 of 25 industries experiencing decreases.

Latin America Manufacturing Outlook July 2015
This biannual report examines the latest trends in selected manufacturing industries in Latin America and provides related forecasts. The focus is on Latin America’s three largest economies—Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina—as these countries account for more than 80% of the region’s manufacturing output.

Global Outlook: The Elusive Search for Equilibrium
Six years past the bottom of the Great Recession, it feels to many as if the aura of crisis still haunts the global economic landscape.

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