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FREE Webinar Today to Focus on Employer Labor Issues
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In this week's Washington Weekly, we told you about a recent federal court ruling overturning a number of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. At 2 p.m. EST today, Thursday, Feb. 7, Jones Day, the attorneys who won this case, will present a free webinar to discuss the ramifications that the court's decision may have on employers who currently have, or may have in the future, matters pending before the NLRB. With ASA being part of The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the webinar is being made available to ASA members at no cost. If you currently have an adverse opinion from the NLRB or the possibility of a labor election pending, this is something you will not want to miss. Click here for more details and to register now.

WANE to Host Spring Networking Receptions
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The Wholesalers Association of the North East will host All-Industry Networking Receptions at several locations throughout the region later this month:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Quincy, Mass.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21 - Villanova, Pa.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 - Rochester, N.Y.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 - Albany, N.Y.
Click here for complete details available on the ASA Industry Calendar at, and be sure to RSVP by Feb. 15.

Darlington, ASA University to Offer Seven-Part Showroom Training Webinar Series
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Wholesale-distribution, like every other business, is driven by the ability to grow sales. And while wholesalers recognize that showrooms provide a tremendous potential for increased sales and profits, they may not fully embrace the retail model that will generate profits. All showroom personnel are invited to join Hank Darlington, author of ASA's popular Essentials of Profitable Showroom Sales© course, as he shares his knowledge on performing as a top notch sales consultant and facilitates a Q&A period during each webinar session. Two upcoming seven-week sessions are scheduled, with participants meeting for 45 minutes each week. The first session starts March 1, so don't hesitate — click here for more information today!

Morris Beschloss: Commercial Construction Level Still Falls Short of Meaningful Recovery
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The Dodge Momentum Index, a McGraw-Hill component of planning for new construction, has indicated that commercial construction is showing flickering signs of new life, but seems not to have gained substantial footing after a late 2007 peak index of near 190, and a bottom of 75 as 2011 ended. The year 2000 is the index base of 100. Because commercial construction includes development of shopping malls, stores, warehouses and office buildings, it represents the overall futuristic outlook of domestic U.S. economic expectations and that sector's willingness to intensify investment in all aspects of commercial expansion. More

Manufacturing Expands in January
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The manufacturing sector expanded in January for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 44th consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management. More

US Factory Orders Up 1.8% in December
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U.S. factory orders increased in December even though companies trimmed their orders for goods that signal investment plans. Factory orders rose 1.8% in December compared to November, when orders had fallen 0.3%, the Commerce Department said Monday. But demand for core capital goods, a category considered a proxy for business investment plans, dipped 0.3% in December following strong gains of 3.3% in November and 3% in October. Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose 4.3%, slightly below the 4.6% estimated in a preliminary report. The increase reflected strong gains for military and civilian aircraft. More

Copper: The Lagging Leading Indicator (So Far)
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In a past article, "Trends That Can Make All the Difference," Seeking Alpha called attention to the underperformance of some key market indicators following the announcement of QE3 in September. Specifically, we focused on copper, oil, the Dow Jones Transportation Average, and the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index. We are taking another look at these indicators today, many of which are behaving in a way that seemingly portends good things for the economic outlook. By extension, that should mean good things for the earnings and stock market outlook as well. More

US Steel Shrinks 4Q Loss to $50 Million
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US Steel reported a smaller fourth-quarter loss as carmakers and other manufacturers used more steel, and it said shipments should rise in the current quarter. The steel industry has been buffeted by an inconsistent global economy. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that overall orders for durable goods rose 4.6% in December. But a key gauge of business investment plans rose just 0.2%. More

US Manufacturing: The Misunderstood Economic Powerhouse
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With 6 million jobs lost in the last decade, U.S. manufacturing bore the brunt of globalization and recession, not to mention a widespread belief that its day had simply passed. But panelists at a Brookings Institution conference said there are good reasons to expect a resurgence of U.S. manufacturing if it is supported by smart public policies and public-private programs. More

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