Industrial Distribution (05/15) Andy Szal
The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation has revised its gross domestic product expectations for 2015 down to 2.4% growth from the previously estimated growth of 3.0%. Projections for the manufacturing industry declined to 2.5% growth, down from the previous estimate of 3.7%. The change is due to falling oil prices, a rapidly contracting energy supply chain, a strong U.S. dollar, declining import prices, and a worsening trade deficit. This is expected to delay the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plans to increase interest rates from near zero.