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Inventory rebuild in full swingâ€”gap between orders and inventories at 34yr high; Timing of CARS definitely a factor but inventory rebuild more broadly to contribute anywhere from 2-3% to GDP gwth in H2.
Employment reading still weak and outlook for final demand still poor due to employment, wealth, and income factors.
And subsequent release of car sales numbers weaker than expected.
- “Production is picking up as demand [for] orders is being accelerated.” (Nonmetallic Mineral Products)
- “Demand from automotive manufacturers increasing thanks to ‘Cash for Clunkers.'” (Fabricated Metal Products)
- “In addition to improved business come the complications of a supply chain drained of inventory.” (Paper Products)
- “The sudden increase in customer demand, plus the low inventories held at services centers, is causing a shortage in the supply of raw steel.” (Transportation Equipment)
- “[It] appears customers’ inventories are getting low, and they are cautiously placing orders.” (Apparel, Leather & Allied Products)
This did not take long to reverse, helped by the weaker dollar.
Exports up and imports down as real terms of trade continue to weaken.