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Wed Apr 1, 2020, 06:56 PM

U.S. factory activity contracts in March; orders tumble to 11-year low: ISM

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS APRIL 1, 2020 / 10:15 AM / UPDATED 7 HOURS AGO

U.S. factory activity contracts in March; orders tumble to 11-year low: ISM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity contracted less than expected in March, but disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic pushed new orders received by factories to an 11-year low, reinforcing economists’ views that the economy was in recession.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Wednesday its index of national factory activity fell to a reading of 49.1 last month from 50.1 in February. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the index dropping to 45.0 in March.

A reading below 50 indicates contraction in the manufacturing sector, which accounts for 11% of the U.S. economy. The smaller-than-expected drop in the ISM index reflected a rise in the survey’s measure of supplier deliveries to a reading of 65.0 this month from 57.3 in February.

A lengthening in suppliers’ delivery time is normally associated with increased activity, which would be a positive contribution. In this case, however, slower supplier deliveries indicate supply shortages rather than stronger demand.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:07 PM

1. So he erased all the gains in factory activity that Obama made in 8 years, after staving off a repug

generated depression, in '09.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:15 PM

3. No, the Republican party erased the gains as without their complete support he could have done

very little.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:08 PM

2. MAGAts, don't be afraid to brag 'the Trump economy'.

MAGAts, don't be afraid to brag 'the Trump economy'.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 08:17 PM

4. That did not take long!

Only a few weeks and they shot the whole wad, Fed tricks and all.

What a despicable back of thugs!


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