The Current Conditions component of the Index of Consumer Sentiment is one of the better indicators of consumer spending. It is suggesting that consumers feel wealthier and better off in general today than they have in many years…If they begin to increase their spending more rapidly, it will boost the entire US and global economy.
Posts Tagged ‘Industrial’
Can a silver lining be found within the sputtering U.S. economy? After showing tepid positive momentum, growing at an annual rate of 2.5% in the second half of 2011 and 1.9% in the first quarter, the U.S. economy has waned. Now added to the uncertainty of the European debt crisis and anemic U.S. job growth […]
This latest recession took an especially large toll on the U.S. Industrial markets. While the overall economy lagged with a 3-4% contraction, the Industrial Production Index (production excluding technology) showed a peak to trough drop of 18%. This monumental drop in the industrial markets has had a drastic effect across all transportation sectors and modes. […]
Construction activity has always been a good benchmark of the industrial sector’s strength. However, with the extended lag time between concept and completion, it may be better viewed as a confirmation of where the industry has been over the last 12 to 18 months. With that in mind, it should come to no surprise that […]
It’s true that industrial leasing is up 25.6% from last year. But remember that last year’s activity was weak at only 230.8 msf, well below the 10-year average of 305.5 msf. Decreased demand and a lack of financing for development have resulted in extremely low construction levels of industrial product. Through mid-year 2010, just over […]
The economic times remain uncertain. With cautious optimism being offset by fears of a double-dip recession, many people are still questioning where we are headed and hope to gain insight and perspective from the current trends in real estate. We believe that the current industrial landscape, along with the supporting indicators, can provide significant insight […]
It’s hard to feel confident on a consistent basis these days when the stock market is so volatile, employment growth is weak and consumer and business confidence ebb and flow. But the strength in US office and industrial leasing is irrefutable – it’s in the books and these stats won’t be adjusted. Office leasing is […]