NAM sees encouraging news in GDP numbers

By Plant Engineering Staff November 3, 2006

While the economy grew by a subdued 1.6 percent in the third quarter, the slowest quarterly pace in three-and-a-half years, it was the housing sector that provided the overall drag.

“Excluding residential investment, the economy grew by 2.7 percent, nearly identical to the 2.8 percent average pace so far during this recovery,” Huether said.

Consumer spending, business fixed investment and goods exports all accelerated last quarter.

“With three of the four pillars of the expansion remaining firm, the foundation for continued growth going forward is solid,” Huether said. “Over the last four quarters, business investment has increased by 8% and merchandise exports have risen by 11%,” he added. “This has been good for manufacturers who account for nearly two-thirds of U.S. exports and manufacture capitol goods.

“Continued strong growth in these areas is one of the primary reasons why manufacturing output has risen by 6.2 percent over the past year,” Huether said.

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