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Mid-market enterprises (MMEs) in the U.S. are a major contributor to U.S. economic prosperity but have only just scratched the surface of growth potential, according to a newly released HSBC report. HSBC Commercial Banking, in conjunction with Oxford... Read Story
February 09, 2018, 07:35 AM


The American economy is doing better than the headlines suggest and should continue to add jobs at a steady pace, according to a new report by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank.  "Economic growth averaged just 1.0 percent over the first half of... Read Story
September 23, 2016, 07:46 AM


From the second quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results shows a positive long term economy outlook with lenders becoming more optimistic about the U.S. economy in the next 6-12 months.The 2Q 2016 survey results... Read Story
May 27, 2016, 08:08 AM


The burgeoning service economy is significantly outpacing more traditional industry sectors in its rate of business growth among middle market companies, according to the Middle Market Power Index: Exploring Generational Changes in Middle Market... Read Story
February 01, 2016, 07:38 AM


The economy stumbled early this year, but found its footing in the spring and appears to finally be hitting its stride according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank."The winter chill is definitely gone and the economy... Read Story
June 22, 2015, 07:39 AM


Privately held U.S. companies are entering 2015 with strong profitability and healthy sales growth, according to Sageworks, a financial information company. Looking at statements collected by Sageworks over the past twelve months, private companies... Read Story
January 05, 2015, 07:39 AM


Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the... Read Story
December 23, 2014, 07:03 AM


America's economy is gaining steam and lower oil and gasoline prices are adding fuel to the fire according to a report released today by TD Economics (www.td.com/economics), an affiliate of TD Bank. "The fall in energy prices could hardly have come... Read Story
December 18, 2014, 07:59 AM


The December 2014 National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Outlook presents the consensus of macroeconomic forecasts from a panel of 48 professional forecasters. The survey, covering the outlook for 2014 and 2015, was conducted November... Read Story
December 09, 2014, 07:46 AM


Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation... Read Story
June 10, 2014, 07:06 AM


For the first time since the recession, most business executives are optimistic about prospects for the U.S. economy in the coming year, according to the second quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief... Read Story
June 06, 2014, 07:19 AM


Public policy uncertainty can cause economic distress, make businesses pull back on investment, and have adverse effects on job creation, according to a new report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).In... Read Story
May 09, 2014, 07:12 AM


Economic growth is expected to continue in the United States throughout the remainder of 2014, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2014 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2014 continue to be... Read Story
May 07, 2014, 07:24 AM


From the first quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show that lenders continue to be very optimistic about lending and economic indicators.In terms of lending, there are several categories worth mentioning.  The... Read Story
April 08, 2014, 07:27 AM


For the first time in more than six years consumer spending will lead U.S. economic growth as we enter 2014, Bank of the West Chief Economist Scott Anderson, PhD, said during his 2014 Economic Outlook press briefing. Strong exports, capital spending... Read Story
December 19, 2013, 07:31 AM


The recovery in the economy will continue to show improvement over the next year, despite the recent rise in interest rates, according to a new report by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank."The U.S. economy has... Read Story
September 26, 2013, 07:46 AM


The second quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show more lenders anticipate spreads to decrease.Fifty-eight percent of respondents (versus sixty-five percent in the previous quarter) anticipate maintaining lending... Read Story
June 27, 2013, 08:08 AM


The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) for May leapt over two percentage points, from 53.3 to 55.6, to reach a level not recorded since August 2012. The improvement becomes more convincing upon... Read Story
June 03, 2013, 07:22 AM


Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 47th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The... Read Story
May 02, 2013, 07:17 AM


The National Association of Credit Management’s CMI for April 2013 reports more companies feeling the stress of the slow economy, not meeting payment terms. The Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM)... Read Story
April 30, 2013, 07:42 AM


From the first quarter Phoenix Management “Lending Climate in America” Survey, results show that lenders have shifted lending expectations from negative to positive. When asked about domestic lending, 48% of lenders feel that it will increase in the... Read Story
April 09, 2013, 08:03 AM


The composite reading for the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) this month is exactly the same as it was in December—54.9. This is just slightly better than it was in January when the reading fell to 54.6. For all intents and purposes, the readings... Read Story
February 28, 2013, 07:46 AM


Senior middle-market dealmakers and their advisors in the New York City area hold mixed views about the America’s economic performance this year, according to survey results issued by ACG New York, the area’s leading association of deal-making... Read Story
February 22, 2013, 08:28 AM


Small-business owner confidence continues to drag, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. The Index gained 0.9 points, rising to 88.9, failing to regain the losses caused by last month’s... Read Story
February 13, 2013, 07:04 AM


Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in January for the 37th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves... Read Story
February 06, 2013, 07:09 AM


Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s unprecedented bond buying pushed the Fed’s balance sheet to a record $3 trillion as he shows no sign of softening his effort to bring down 7.8 percent unemployment. The Fed is purchasing $85 billion of... Read Story
January 25, 2013, 07:03 AM


The results of the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Survey on the Business Outlook (EO-118) indicate little change from the previous report—namely that the sector continues to grow, but at a nominal pace as it... Read Story
January 11, 2013, 07:11 AM


According to Deloitte’s Q4 CFO Signals survey, the fiscal cliff’s detrimental effects topped CFOs’ list of most worrisome risks in the fourth quarter and dampened their outlooks. In response, CFOs are tempering their expectations for 2013 capital... Read Story
January 10, 2013, 07:31 AM


Total bankruptcy filings totaled 1,185,328 nationwide for calendar year 2012 (Jan. 1-Dec. 31), a 14% decrease from the 1,379,658 total filings during the same period a year ago, according to data provided by Epiq Systems, Inc. The 1,127,540 total... Read Story
January 07, 2013, 08:06 AM


As it did in October, the Credit Managers' Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) slipped again this month, from 55.2 to 54.9. The most dramatic movement was in sales, which plummeted to 56.7, a low last seen in... Read Story
January 02, 2013, 07:48 AM


Weak overall economic growth persisted in the third quarter of 2012, increasing by 2.7%, and the sluggish pace characteristic of the current expansion is likely to continue, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and... Read Story
December 21, 2012, 07:50 AM


The main obstacle standing in the path of faster U.S. economic growth is a strong headwind blowing in from fiscal restraint, according to a report released today by TD Economics, an affiliate of TD Bank. "Without fiscal drag, the U.S. economy would... Read Story
December 14, 2012, 08:04 AM


Nearly 70 percent of chief financial officers of U.S. companies believe the U.S. economy will either improve or remain stable during the next six months, according to the 2012 Fall CFO Survey from Grant Thornton. The survey findings reveal that 39... Read Story
December 13, 2012, 08:10 AM


Economic growth in the United States will continue in 2013, say the nation's purchasing and supply management executives in their December 2012 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are for a continuation of the economic recovery that began in... Read Story
December 12, 2012, 07:06 AM


Due in large part to restaurant operators’ dampened outlook for sales growth and the economy, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) fell sharply in October. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health... Read Story
December 03, 2012, 07:07 AM


Economic activity expanded at a measured pace in recent weeks, according to reports from contacts in the twelve Federal Reserve Districts. Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco grew at a modest pace, while St.... Read Story
November 29, 2012, 08:12 AM