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Modest Decline in Nonresidential Construction Activity Anticipated in 2008 with More Dramatic Drop in 2009

As the nonresidential sector has experienced cutbacks in demand for new space, the projections for construction activity for new nonresidential facilities are for a mild decline in 2008, with a more significant downturn in 2009.

The two largest institutional categories, healthcare and education facilities, should see a slight increase this year and could help offset some of the losses in the other project categories.

Source: American Institute of Architects

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Guess What? Manufactured Good Trade with FTAs Moves into Surplus for the First Time

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced today that manufactured goods trade with U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) partners has moved into surplus for the first time. 

“This is huge, and people need to take notice,” said NAM President John Engler.  “Contrary to the widely-held view that our trade agreements are the cause of the U.S. trade deficit, FTAs are actually the brightest part of our trade picture.

Source: NAM

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Weak Dollar Helps Shrink Trade Deficit

The United States trade deficit narrowed in May as exports, including industrial supplies and consumer goods, climbed to records.

The latest snapshot of trade activity, reported by the Commerce Department, showed that the nation’s trade gap decreased to $59.8 billion, largely because of the declining dollar.

Source: Associated Press

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President Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling

The White House announced that President Bush will lift an executive order banning offshore oil drilling, a move aimed at stepping up pressure on Congress to end the prohibition it imposed in 1981.

Bush "has decided to lift the executive ban on oil exploration in America's Outer Continental Shelf," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told a news briefing.

Source: Washington Post

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Product-Safety Reform in Tug-of-War

Modernizing and strengthening the Consumer Product Safety Commission is vital to improving everyday safety, consumer advocates say. The CPSC oversees more than 15,000 types of products but has been hamstrung by inadequate resources and authority, congressional critics charge.

Source: Market Watch

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