Industry News | Trade and Industry Development

Industry News


Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Slips Slightly in February

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the February 2022 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) last week.


Report: 2021 Machine Tool Orders at Hit Record High $5.91B

December orders for new machine tools totaled $597.1 million, pushing the 12-month total for 2021 new machine-tool orders to $5.91 billion.


Mastercard SpendingPulse: Retail Sales Off to Solid Start in January

2022 kicked off with gains across nearly all retail sectors, according to Mastercard SpendingPulseTM, which measures in-store and online retail sales....


Ag Tractor Unit Sales Continue Growth Streak Into 2022

Overall ag tractor sales in the U.S. and Canada continued rising into January 2022, while combine harvesters slowed for the month.


Korn Ferry Survey Shows Retailers Are Still Having Difficulty Hiring

Retailers say they are still having a tough time finding workers, according to a new Korn Ferry survey.

Logistics and distribution

FL: Canaveral Port Authority, Volusia County Partner to Attract New Business

Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen global trade efforts to attract more jobs to the region.


U.S. House Moves on Immigration Reform, With Aims to Boost Competitiveness, Economy

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an economic competitiveness bill focused on advancing the U.S.'s innovation and global competitive...


U.S. Economy Adds Stunning 467K Jobs in January, Despite Covid Surge

The U.S. gained 467,000 jobs in January despite fears the economy lost jobs amid the omicron-driven surge of COVID-19 cases, the Labor Department repo...


Survey: 60% of Small Biz Owners Still Can't Find Workers To Hire

The small business labor shortage is still a major threat to the recovery of many different industries, nine months after it began.


TX: AR: TexAmericas Center to Play Key Role in Cooperation Agreement with Tokyo

TexAmericas Center (TAC) will take part in a cooperation and partnership agreement aimed at bringing small to mid-size businesses from Tokyo to Texas....