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NEMA Economic Forecasters Take Top Wall Street Journal Honors For Accuracy


02/14/2012 10:00AM

ROSSLYN, Va.,—NEMA’s economic forecasting team of Don Leavens, Vice President and Chief Economist, and Tim Gill, Director, Economics, topped the The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) economic forecasting survey for 2011. Each year the WSJ compiles forecasts of real GDP, inflation, interest rates, employment, and other indicators from economists representing trade associations, financial and consulting firms, and academia. NEMA’s forecasts for 2011 were the most accurate in aggregate of the 52 surveyed.

“In a year in which faulty government data threw just about everyone for a loop, it is nice to come out on top. A strong fourth quarter 2010 economic growth rate estimate by the government that was later revised sharply downward encouraged many economists to soften the level of their pessimism in early 2011,” said Mr. Leavens.

“Like other forecasters, we upped our growth forecast, but only modestly. Our restrained enthusiasm about growth coupled with a closer read on inflation and interest rates helped to sustain our forecast at the top,” added Mr. Gill.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

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