US manufacturing slows modestly; excess inventories a major concern

US manufacturing slows modestly;  excess inventories a major concern

Manufacturing index dips to 52.8 in July from 53.0 in June New orders contracting, supplier deliveries improving Price increases for inputs slowing; inventories piling up WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July and there were signs that supply constraints are easing, with a measure of prices paid for … Read more

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

Staff work inside a non woven filter fabric factory, where the fabric is used to make surgical face masks, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Factories across the United States, Europe and Asia struggled for momentum in July … Read more

China’s economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

China's economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

Employees wearing face masks work on a car seat assembly line at Yanfeng Adient factory in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Factory activity slows in July vs June – Caixin survey … Read more

China’s factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

China's factory activity contracts unexpectedly in July as COVID flares up

Employees work on the production line of vehicle components during a government-organized media tour to a factory of German engineering group Voith, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register China July official manufacturing PMI below forecast July official services … Read more

US teetering on brink of recession as GDP contracts in second quarter

US teetering on brink of recession as GDP contracts in second quarter

Second-quarter GDP decreases at 0.9% rate Inventories account for large decline in GDP Consumer spending slows; business investment contracts Weekly jobless claims fall 5,000 to 256,000 WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The US economy unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, with consumer spending growing at its slowest pace in two years and business spending declining, … Read more