manufacturing

Government, Business

US, Global Manufacturing Contracted in March

Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory on March 30. Jolee Masson, a student in South Carolina, volunteers to sew new elastic into medical masks at the Tara Grinna Swimwear factory, recently converted to produce N95 masks, on March 30. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP)

Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
April 1, 2020
Government, Business

Italy Shuts Most Factories to Halt Virus

Smoke billows from a factory chimney in Ospiate, Italy, in December 2018. Smoke billows from a factory chimney in Ospiate, Italy, in December 2018. (Luca Bruno/Associated Press)

Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus, in a potential cautionary tale for other governments that are resisting such drastic measures.

Colleen Barry | Associated Press
March 26, 2020
Government, Business

Factories Expand Despite Virus, Though Deliveries Slow

An Apple manufacturing plant in Texas Workers at an Apple manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 2, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: US Factories Expand for First Time Since July

A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 3, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Manufacturing Activity Falls to Lowest Level in Decade

GE Manufacturing Solutions in Fort Worth Diesel locomotives stand on the final assembly line at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing activity fell to the lowest level in more than a decade, as the sector was hurt by weakening demand and last year’s global economic slowdown.

Josh Boak | The Associated Press
January 3, 2020
Government, Business

US Manufacturers Plan First Pullback in Investment Since 2009

GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas General Electric Evolution Series Tier 4 diesel locomotives stand on the final assembly line at the GE Manufacturing Solutions facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on Oct. 25, 2016. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

U.S. manufacturers expect to reduce capital spending in 2020, a trend that could limit a rebound in the sector even as companies see profits improving.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
December 9, 2019
Government, Business

US Manufacturing Contracts for Fourth Straight Month

Construction in Boston Workers at Boston's Seaport district. (Steven Senne/AP)

Manufacturing activity contracted in November, the fourth straight month of contraction, according to a monthly survey of executives released Dec. 2 by the Institute for Supply Management.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 2, 2019
Government, Business

Services Gauge Drops to Three-Year Low

Services Luke Sharett/Bloomberg News

America’s service industries joined manufacturing in taking a big step back last month, fueling concerns that the global slowdown and trade war are weighing more on the broader economy. Stocks, the dollar and Treasury yields all fell after the report.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
October 3, 2019
Government, Business

Factory Gauge Hits 10-Year Low as Employment Wobbles

Factory Worker Ty Wright/Bloomberg News

A measure of U.S. manufacturing unexpectedly fell deeper into contraction, posting the weakest reading since the end of the last recession as a global slowdown and the U.S.-China trade war increasingly weigh on the sector.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2019
Government, Business

World Economy Signals Manufacturing Crisis

Manufacturing Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg News

The global economy flashed clearer warning signs Oct. 1 as a wave of data showed manufacturing stuck in a slump, exports falling and sentiment sliding.

October 1, 2019

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