Chemical Activity Barometer Shows Sixth Straight Gain

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 26, 2016

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), an economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), expanded 0.4% in August following an upward revision for July. This marks the barometer’s sixth consecutive monthly gain. Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is up 3.2% over this time last year, the strongest year over year growth since January 2015, according to ACC. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). On an unadjusted basis the CAB climbed 0.3% in August, following a 0.6% jump in July.

"The CAB is signaling higher, and possibly accelerating, U.S. business activity into 2017. The services sectors have begun to improve and likely accelerated during recent months, and manufacturing appears to be gathering momentum," says ACC’s Chief Economist Kevin Swift.

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