U.S. Manufacturing Expands in January at Slightly Slower Pace

U.S. manufacturing activity remained robust at the start of the year although pandemic-related supply and worker constraints curtailed production and drove prices up. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index, the PMI, decreased by 1.8 percent in January to 58.7 from the December level of 60.5. The index remains well above 50, the line of…

U.S. Manufacturing Expects 6.9% Sales Growth in 2021

Expansion of U.S. manufacturing growth that began trending upward last summer is expected to continue through 2021, along with growing capital spending and rising capacity utilization, according to the Institute for Supply Management. ISM’s semiannual economic forecast predicts U.S. manufacturers will record a healthy net increase in revenues totaling 6.9 percent this year, reversing a…

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U.S. Supply Execs Prepare Grim Forecast for 2020

U.S. purchasing and supply executives expect the nation’s economic downturn will continue for the rest of the year as the Covid-19 pandemic obscures forecasts in the manufacturing sector. Factory revenue is expected to drop 10.3 percent in 2020 —  down 15.1 percent from December 2019 forecasts. The manufacturing and services sectors are both signaling contraction…