Christina Lewellen, senior editor of Window & Door
Well, well, well. Could it be that U.S. businesses are coming out of
their collective coma? Despite the latest unemployment data, there are
some encouraging numbers floating around the headlines. Among my
favorites is the report that companies are slowly but surely starting to invest in equipment and software.
can think of a few of my buddies in the industry who would breathe a
huge sigh of relief if this were indeed the case among window and door
That good news also comes with reports of housing indexes on the rise and global manufacturing data
moving in the right direction. Sure, the growth numbers are not
staggering—only 1 percent in the case of equipment and software
purchases—but it's still growth. According to the report, some
companies had saved for a rainy day. Others are trying to make their
existing workforce more productive and still others are dumping the
money into upgrading older systems. This business spending is
particularly important to the economy as consumers are still playing
close to the vest in terms of parting with their cash.
While I would love to hear your company's story
of investing for the future in these categories, my poll question this
week is actually a little more touchy-feely. I'm not doing cartwheels,
but some recent encouraging headlines have me breathing a little
easier. What about you?
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