Business outlook: Renewed (but modest) momentum ahead


Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., senior economist
Most indexes showed improvement since the last MAPI Business Outlook, and the composite index was 58 in June, up from 56 in March. The Current Orders Index rebounded to 53 after having fallen sharply to 47 in March. The rise in the composite index and the improvement in a number of the individual indexes point to a degree of renewed momentum in manufacturing activity over the next three to six months, although the index levels suggest the rate of expansion will be modest. Respondents also related their companies' responses to healthcare reform, including plans to offer consumer-directed or high-deductible health plans. Economic Outlook

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