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Gardner Business Index for April Falls Slightly

The GBI fell slightly after an 8-month trend of accelerating expansion. The latest reading was supported by readings for supplier deliveries, production and new orders but weighed down by employment and exports.

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April 2021 GBI: 62.7 The GBI fell slightly after an 8-month trend of accelerating expansion.  The latest reading was supported by readings for supplier deliveries, production and new orders but weighed down by employment and exports.
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Cutting Tool Orders Show Signs of Improvement February cutting tool orders were the third highest since the economic lockdown started in March 2020. And, the GBI: Metalworking reached an all-time high in March on strength in new orders, production, and backlogs. This indicates that cutting tool orders should see strong growth in the second and third quarters of 2021.
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Inflation Rate Exceeds Corporate Borrowing Costs That the cost of goods and services (inflation) is rising faster than the cost of borrowing money suggests that the economy has come to an incredible rate intersection.  This is particularly true in the “goods” space where inflation is at 5.4% according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
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