U.S. Factory Activity Stagnates as Coronavirus Disrupts Supply

U.S. factory activity declined in February as new orders contracted and concerns about coronavirus-related supply chain disruption spread across industries. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI is clinging to expansion at 50.1 percent, down from 50.9 percent in January. Fifty is the line of demarcation between expansion and contraction. “Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the…

components, chip industry, trade war, tariffs, U.S., China

Tariffs Eased on Some Electronics Products

The electronics industry is enjoying a short-term reprieve from new U.S. tariffs as the Trump administration delayed the imposition of 15 percent duties on $156 billion worth of Chinese goods, including smart phones, computers and other consumer electronics. While the move may boost holiday-related consumer sales, the 25 percent tariffs on a separate $250 billion…

manufacturing, growth, revenue, profit

Manufacturers Expect Revenue & Profit Boost in 2020

U.S. manufacturers are surprisingly upbeat about their prospects in 2020, anticipating growth in revenue, profitability, imports and exports. The outlook isn’t so positive for employment and capital expenditures, which will remain flat or decline next year, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s semiannual forecast. Manufacturers expect revenue will grow 4.8 percent next year –…

Factory, slows

Electronics Industry Contracts; U.S. Factory Gauge Hits 10-Year Low

U.S. factory activity in September contracted for the second consecutive month to reach its lowest level since June 2009—the end of the last recession. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading manufacturing index, the PMI, registered 47.8 in September, a 1.3 percent drop from August. The demarcation line between expansion and contraction is 50. Business confidence…

contraction, manufacturing, factories

U.S. Manufacturing Contracts for First Time in 3 Years

The nation’s leading factory index in August contracted for the first time in three years as new orders, production and employment all fell below 50 — the threshold between growth and contraction. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI dropped to 49.1 percent last month, its lowest reading since 2016. Business confidence has also declined as…

trade, tariff, mitigation, strategies

7 Strategies for Mitigating the Impact of Tariffs, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles focusing on strategies that mitigate the impact of tariffs on imported goods. Tax and business advisory firm KPMG identified seven successful tactics in its webinar TradeWatch: Section 301 Tariffs; What we’ve Learned in Year One. This article covers recommendations four through seven. The U.S.-China trade war…