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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Durable Goods Spending Reacts to Changing Treasury Rate

In September and October, durable goods consumer spending growth slowed between the historic average of 5.5 percent for the first time since August 2017.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Disposable Income Growth Stays at 2.8 Percent

Gardner Intelligence Disposable Income
Changes in real disposable income typically lead capital equipment consumption by almost 24 months.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Housing Permits Climb Above 100,000

Gardner Intelligence Housing
With housing permits contracting for the fourth time in five months, the housing market is clearly slowing, perhaps indicating consumers feel tapped out.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

GBI Indicates Slowing, Still Strong Growth

Gardner Business Index
While the latest readings are lower than at any other time during the current business upcycle, these values would have been considered encouraging during past upcycle.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Trade Tensions and Interest Rates Begin to Impact Automotive

Gardner Intelligence Automotive Gardner Intelligence Automotive Imports
If trade tensions escalate and interest rates increase throughout 2019, the automotive industry may find it harder than expected to expand.
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