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

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

Biden pledge to tax wealthy, companies revived with Manchin-led bill

Biden pledge to tax wealthy, companies revived with Manchin-led bill

Chairman US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attends a US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden’s campaign trail promise to increase taxes on corporations and … Read more

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

US Senate passes bill to boost chip manufacturing, compete with China

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The US Senate on Wednesday passed sweeping legislation to subsidize the domestic semiconductor industry, hoping to boost companies as they compete with China and alleviate a persistent shortage that has affected everything from cars, weapons, washing machines and video games. The House of Representatives plans to vote on Thursday on … Read more

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell takes questions during a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in Washington, US, June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – With the Federal Reserve expected to hike its key … Read more

Exclusive: Hyundai subsidiary has used child labor at Alabama factory

Exclusive: Hyundai subsidiary has used child labor at Alabama factory

LUVERNE, Alabama, July 22 (Reuters) – A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co has used child labor at a plant that supplies parts for the Korean carmaker’s assembly line in nearby Montgomery, Alabama, according to area police, the family of three underage workers, and eight former and current employees of the factory. Underage workers, in some … Read more