Macroeconomic Outlook - Business Trends: Our latest Business Trends survey shows the US economy is continuing to improve as the 1st Quarter heads toward a close. Sales growth is at its best March reading in five years, and capital budget and sales pipeline projections are positive. We're also seeing strengthening in the job market. At the same time, inflationary pressures continue to trend upward. The survey of 1,771 US corporate respondents from 451 Research's Leading Indicator panel was completed on March 13.