Afternoon Coffee: Positive Economic Activity as Factory Orders Rise, Consumers Spend More Kaitlyn McAvoy - May 4, 2015 12:14 PM | Categories: Afternoon Coffee | Tags: General News Orders for manufactured goods jumped 2.1% in March, the biggest increase in 8 months, according to the Commerce Department. This is also the first rise in factory orders since August 2014. Consumers continue to spend more money, too, Gallup reported today. Daily spending averaged $91 in April, up from the $86 a day in March and the highest April spending since 2008. While some Chinese leaders see mergers of the country’s top oil producers and refiners as a good idea, industry executives and government advisors are pushing back against the plan. Such mergers would decrease competition, creating a “greater state monopoly,” some have said. A 3D-printing, fully-automated factory opened in Louisville, Kentucky, today. CloudDDM unveiled the factory, the first of its kind, which features 100 high-tech 3D printers making prototypes and product parts for CloudDDM’s corporate customers. SIGN UP for the Spend Matters newsletter Dirty Rotten Spendrels Discuss this: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.