December 13, 2000 |
U.S. manufacturers have become significantly less optimistic about the economic outlook for the next 12 months and see scant growth in capital spending, reinforcing concern the economy may lose more momentum in the months ahead. A semiannual survey of the nation's purchasing executives by the National Assn. of Purchasing Management showed Tuesday that, after shrinking in recent months, the outlook for the U.S. manufacturing sector next year is bleak.
May 2, 2000 |
The nation's manufacturing sector registered further growth in April, though at a slightly slower pace than the month before, while the increase in prices for raw materials also moderated. Yet the figures Monday from the National Assn.
March 2, 2000 |
A new report Wednesday showed manufacturing activity picked up its pace in February, registering its 13th straight month of growth. The National Assn. of Purchasing Management said its index, which is a key gauge of strength in the U.S. manufacturing sector, rose to 56.9 in February, up from 56.3 in January and ahead of the 56.8 reading in December.
January 4, 2000 |
U.S. manufacturing growth slowed in December but prices companies paid for raw materials rose, indicating that the economy may be near a plateau, the National Assn. of Purchasing Management said Monday. The NAPM Purchasing Managers' Index, a measure of overall strength in the factory sector, eased to 55.5 in December from 56.2 in November. The prices index, closely watched as a barometer of inflation, rose to 65.7 from 65.3.
September 1, 1999 |
Consumer confidence fell for the second straight month in August as interest rates rose, but economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew for the seventh consecutive month, according to two reports released Tuesday. The Conference Board, a private business group, said its consumer confidence index, which measures consumers' willingness to spend, edged down 0.4 point, less than analysts expected, to 135.8 from a revised 136.
May 3, 1999
The National Assn. of Purchasing Management is expected to report today that an index of U.S. manufacturing orders, production and other activity signals that factories are recovering from last year's export slump. The purchasing managers index is expected to rise to 54.5 from 54.3 in March. A reading above 50 suggests manufacturing is expanding.