CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Friday. We’ll keep it short this week, because you have candy shopping to do.

Here are a few things it might be nice to know:

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  • In today’s installment of tracking the data, USA Today notes that U.S. orders for durable goods fell 1.2 percent in September. The article also notes that, “durable goods orders have been down in four of the past six months, a sign of the problems facing manufacturers as they struggle with economic weakness in key export markets like China.”
  • Remember the ammunition shortage crises a few years ago when a portion of the country became suddenly concerned that President Obama was going to take all their guns. According to Forbes, the U.S. is now in the middle of an ammo-manufacturing boom.
  • In other news, Forbes ranks Iowa as the 14th on its list of “Best States For Business.”
  • The Tulsa World things young women there should be considering careers in manufacturing.
  • And finally, among the more useless tidbits we found, consider this: Roughly 9 billion pieces of candy corn will be manufactured this week. Americans will purchase 15 million pounds of it during this week alone.

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