Survey Shows Business Outlook Weakening For Landscape Architect Firms
Billings and inquiries for work drop; hiring plans on hold.
Economy Poised For A Stronger Second Half Of 2013
The latest jobs report showed steady year-to-date job creation and measures of consumer confidence are at or near recovery highs.
Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals a Rise in U.S. Employers’ Confidence
Latest survey shows the highest percentage of U.S. employers reporting their intent to hire since 2009.
Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends For 2013
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has announced its top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2013; economic and fiscal policies are impacting equipment investment decisions for many businesses.
Prime Office Rents Increase for Seventh Consecutive Quarter
Jones Lang LaSalle Global Office Index shows this was the seventh consecutive quarter where prime rents have risen, which reflects an 8.2% uplift since the bottom of the market in fourth quarter 2009 and a 5.5% increase year-on-year.
ABI Turns Positive after Four Straight Monthly Declines
AIA reported the August ABI score was 51.4, following a very weak score of 45.1 in July. This score reflects an increase in demand for design services.
ABI Drops For Fifth Straight Month
The new projects inquiry index was 53.7, a considerable slowdown from a reading of 58.1 in June.
AIA Database Of Stalled Construction Projects
The AIA will establish a new survey that will begin to identify and analyze stalled projects from around the country that could be moved forward on almost any front but for the lack of financing.
Facility Management Anticipates Increased Hiring and Spending
The most recent results show a gradual increase from previous surveys in those who anticipate hiring additional FM staff in the next six months, with 24% reporting such plans.
FRIDAY FUNNY: Tax Day Countdown
Tax returns are due in a few days (Monday, April 18, to be precise), and fewer workers plan to use their tax refunds to pay off bills and more plan to put the money into savings, reflecting a more stable economy.
ABI Reverts Back into Negative Territory
Following the first positive reading since January 2008, the ABI dropped nearly two points in October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.
Still Showing Weakness, ABI Increases Slightly
Following a two-month soft patch, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rose almost two full points in July.
Energy Efficiency Spending Rebounds
A survey of more than 1,400 North American executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings found that planned investment in energy efficiency is expected to rebound in 2010.
Industry Index Improves In Latest Survey
Dunlap stated, “[This year] has been an exceptionally difficult [one] for this industry, but I see brighter days ahead. There are enough indicators that tell us that the current industry recession has probably bottomed out. The modest increases in shipments and orders during the second quarter suggest this.”
Architecture Billings Index Shows No Significant Improvement in Business Conditions
There has been a recent moderation in the downturn in design services billings, but the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) reveals that an economic recovery has stalled.
Commercial Property Owners Focus on Preserving Value of Existing Assets
Battered by the U.S. economic recession, the commercial real estate market is struggling to maintain values across all property types and geographic areas, kicking a growing number of investors into survival mode as they painfully watch the value of their existing portfolios decline