Economic Outlook

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Economic Outlook | | | | | Antonia Sumpter-FI 561 Mergers & Acquisitions | 9/8/2010 | |

After taking a beating in the recession, the U.S. is in the process of stabilizing this shaky economic recovery. It is indeed a rather slow process. The chart below gives a snapshot of the progress.
GDP, CPI and other key economic reports Updated 9/1/2010 | This week | Month ago | Year ago | Gross Domestic Product (billions) | 14575.0 | 14597.7 | 14143.3 | Housing Starts (thousands) | 432 | 454 | 490 | Producer Price Index | 178.7 | 178.4 | 171.7 | Consumer Price Index | 217.6 | 216.9 | 214.5 | Purchasing Managers Index | 56.3 | 55.5 | 52.9 | Retail Sales | 362688 | 360156 | 342309 | Unemployment Rate | 9.6 | 9.5 | 9.7 |
Statistics include: the unemployment rate, the level of monthly retail sales, price changes for businesses and consumers as measured by the Producer Price Index and Consumer Price Index, monthly housing starts, and the quarterly Gross Domestic Product, which measures the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S. in a given calendar quarter.
In order to have an economic recovery unemployment has to ease. Consumer spending, which makes up 70 percent of the economy, will not increase until the unemployment has decreased.
In today's challenging economy, mergers and acquisitions are becoming commonplace as a way for firms to expand geographically and obtain profitable growth. The climate is heating up. The level of M&A activity is expected to rise.
Overall, I tend to believe that the U.S. recovery is possibly underway at a slow pace. It seems that the U.S. economy is on this balancing act with very little market stability. The impact of this recession has taken its’ toll and there’s no telling when the economy will show consistent growth and improvement to restore balance and show economic…...

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