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U.S. business confidence resurgent after election turmoil

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Staff Writer | December 19, 2016
The December Headline Sales Managers’ Index (SMI) hit a 14 month high in December as buoyant levels of business confidence returned on the back of strong holiday sales and rising prices, according to World Economics.
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America   The Sales Growth Index registered minor improvements
The yearlong uncertainty of the U.S. presidential election has now given way to renewed optimism and solid improvements in overall economic growth. The Sales Growth Index registered minor improvements in November and strong gains in December while the Market Growth Index has ticked up by 1.1 index points for the current month.

Analysis by sector shows that the Consumer Services Headline SMI Index have strengthened to a 8 month high with an index reading of 53.4 while the Manufacturing Headline SMI index also surged in December.

Prices charged have risen in both sectors with manufacturing reporting the higher monthly gains. Managers have indicated that this is a reflection of higher input costs which are being passed on to customers suggesting a probable jump in US inflation in the next few months.

Overall, the U.S. economy is emerging from a 16 month period of slowdown. The latest SMI data supports the prospects of higher growth and inflation in Q4 and into 2017.