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Gardner Business Index (GBI): 2018 May Be Fastest-Expanding Year in Recorded History

Although December’s Gardner Business Index above-50 reading was slightly lower than the prior month, it was still a milestone for the Metalworking Index: It marked the first time in recorded history that the index has recorded two years of consecutive expansion. Furthermore, it established 2018 as the fastest expanding calendar year since 2012.

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Gardner Business Index (GBI): 2018 May Be Fastest-Expanding Year in Recorded History

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Machine tool consumption will end the year at $7 billion, and Gardner forecasts a further 11 percent growth in 2019.
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GBI: Medical First quarter 2018 financial results show a solidly performing medical industry.  Wall Street’s expectations are for improving growth through 2020.  This is good for manufacturing firms supply durable goods to the medical industry.
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Download the results of Gardner Intelligence's annual Capital Spending Survey that includes forecasted spending on machine tools, testing equipment, software and more that are then projected across the metalworking industry based on plant size.

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Growth in Machine Tool Orders Near Peak The North Central-East and North Central-West had noticeable contraction for the second month, but the Southeast and Northeast have remained red hot. 
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Monetary Base Signals Peak Capital Equipment Spending Growth The annual rate of change peaked in March 2018, indicating that the rate of growth in capital equipment consumption should peak between March 2019 and March 2020.
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Disposable Income Growth Unchanged for Sixth Month The month-over-month rate of growth in disposable income was remarkably stable, just below the historic average for the sixth month in a row.
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