Tag: Economics & Research

US Commercial Printing Shipments Up for Eleventh Month

April 2015 US commercial printing shipments were up by +$258 million, +3.6%. In inflation-adjusted terms, because consumer inflation was negative in April, shipments were up by +$272 million, up +3.8%. (click chart to enlarge) The 12-month-moving-total…

A Look at the 23 Million US “Microbusinesses,” Increasing 3x the Rate of Population Growth

We know there are microbusinesses out there, and the best way to get a handle on it is an obscure government report called “Nonemployer Statistics.” The official definition is “businesses that have no paid employees and are subject to federal income tax.” These are most often sole proprietors, but they can be partnerships or S…

Japanese Translation of “This Point Forward” by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano is Now Available from JAGAT

Junichiro Yamashita of Brighter Later recently informed the authors of “This Point Forward” that the Japanese translation of the work is now available from the bookstore of the Japan Association of Graphic Arts Technology (JAGAT). The Japanese translation of the earlier book, “Disrupting the Future,” remains an important resource for printing business owners and executives….

March Commercial Printing Shipments +4.8%; Ten Months of +3% Growth

US commercial printing shipments had another good month in March, up +4.8% compared to 2014 in current dollars. For nine of the last 10 months the comparison to the prior year has been positive, averaging +3%. It is possible that commercial printing sh…

Recovery Indicators Mainly Flat, but Small Business Might be Having Problems

The recovery indicators were slightly better than last month, but the main area of concern is the decline in proprietors’ income. This indicator is one of the few that is reflective of the state of small business. There is newfound worry about the state of the economy because of the poor Q1 GDP report, just…

Under the Radar: The Generational Change in Print Business Leadership

What people experience based on the time they were born shapes their outlook and business strategies for years to come. If you were born in the 1940s, grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, and then owned or ran a printing business, your career has already sh…

Q1-2015 GDP Might be Negative, Or Close to It

Recent economic data have not been very encouraging for the first estimate of GDP. Last year, the first quarter was negative as there was a large inventory correction from prior quarters (and also the annual blame for Winter weather, as if Winter does not occur every year in seasonal adjustments… but that’s another story for…

Recovery Indicators Mixed (Again… Yawwwwwwn…)

The latest recovery indicators were mixed, with weaker results in the ISM manufacturing report adding to a growing consensus that Q1-2015 GDP would be close to zero. The non-manufacturing ISM was more positived. The first estimate of GDP will be releas…

US Commercial Printing Shipments Have Strong February, +5.2%

US commercial printing shipments in 2015 have started well with a good January and a strong February. February shipments were up +$300 million compared to 2014, +5.2%. The inflation-adjusted figure is virtually the same as inflation has been slightly n…