MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

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

Issues in Brief

Investment Medicine for a Struggling Economy
The U.S. is still in a post-crisis era and economic growth has been persistently sluggish. Recent data make the case for bolstering R&D spending and business capital spending, thereby addressing economic malaise via investment acceleration.

Expectations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
TTIP is a proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union. Likely sticking points for the negotiations, which started in July 2013, include standards harmonization, IP protection and government procurement. This report explores the likely scope of the talks and summarizes a MAPI survey of member interest and concerns.

China’s Urbanization Plan: New Opportunities, Overwhelming Challenges
China’s high-speed economic expansion over the past three decades has been supported by an unprecedented rural-urban migration, with the share of the population permanently living in cities skyrocketing from 18% in 1978 to 54% in 2013. Despite this demographic transformation, China’s urbanization process is lagging.


Economic Update

U.S. Industrial Outlook: Accelerating Growth Ahead
The manufacturing outlook for 2014 and 2015 calls for an acceleration in the growth rate each year, partly because factors that were dragging down growth were absorbed in 2013. Consumer-driven manufacturing growth will be relatively stable, supported by employment gains and rising wages.

U.S. Trade Deficit in Manufactures Up by 8% in the First Quarter, Chinese Surplus Down by 8%
The U.S. trade deficit in manufactures rose by $8.1 billion, or 8%, in the first quarter, compared with 2013, following the 9% surge in the fourth quarter of 2013. The Chinese trade surplus, however, which soared by 10% during calendar year 2013, to $913 billion, declined by $16.3 billion, or 8%, in the first quarter of 2014.

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