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September 1, 2011 10:15 AM, EDT

ISM Manufacturing Index Slips but Shows Continued Expansion

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U.S. manufacturing activity dipped in August, but continued to show expansion for the 25th consecutive month, the Institute for Supply Management said Thursday.

ISM’s monthly factory index declined to a reading of 50.6, a two-year low, from a 50.9 reading in July, the group said. Figures over 50 indicate expansion.

The reading was higher than economists’ projections of a drop to 48.5, Bloomberg reported.

Ten of 18 manufacturing sectors showed expansion for the month, ISM said.

ISM’s factory index measures manufacturing components of the economy.