Given that even the Irish Stuffbrokers are starting to wake up to the ongoing slowdown in the US economic growth (yet to smell the traces of the global slowdown next), here is a chart worth contemplating:
More specifically: "At +24 percent, down from +31 percent in October 2014, the net balance of firms expecting a rise in business activity over the year ahead was the lowest since the survey began in late-2009. Weaker business sentiment was recorded in both manufacturing (+32 percent in February, down from +42 percent last October) and services (+22 percent in February, down from +29 percent)."
And here is the comparative to other major advanced economies:
Oh, and the US weakness is compounded (and compounds) broader expected global weakness: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2015/04/2415-bric-business-outlook-12-months.html and current ongoing slowdown: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2015/04/2415-bric-manufacturing-pmi-march-marks.html. Even though the Global PMI for Manufacturing sector came out with basically no change in March (51.8) compared to February (51.9), overall growth has been trending well below immediate post-crisis recovery years and pre-crisis period:
Just at the time when Irish official forecasters are revving up their numbers for 2015-2016, because being myopic is what we do best...