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ISM: US manufacturing PMI increases in July

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ISM:  US manufacturing PMI increases in July

1.8% increased during month signals further expansion.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, according to the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The July PMI registered 57.1%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from June's reading of 55.3%, indicating expansion in manufacturing for the 14th consecutive month.

The New Orders Index registered 63.4%, an increase of 4.5% points from the 58.9% reading in June, indicating growth in new orders for the 14th consecutive month.

The Production Index registered 61.2%, 1.2 percentage points above the June reading of 60%. Employment grew for the 13th consecutive month, registering 58.2%, an increase of 5.4 percentage points over the June reading of 52.8. Inventories of raw materials registered 48.5, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from the June reading of 53%, contracting after five months of consecutive growth.

In commenting on the report, Bradley J. Holcomb, of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, noted “Comments from the panel are generally positive, while some indicate concern over global geopolitical situations."

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