Conversations with American companies indicate that prices are staying relatively stable with little upward pressure on pricing. American consumers are highly resistant to price increases (at least American buyers believe they are) so margins have eroded over the last several years as manufacturers in particular have had to absorb increases. As a result, any pause in upward pressure is certainly welcome.
In addition, it appears that post Christmas retail inventories are looking leaner than in past years which also bodes well for 2014. That plus better economic news from Europe and the US injects a level of hope if not confidence that the coming year will be a stronger one.