ISM report shows manufacturng activity up slightly
It's still a slump, but report's rise offers some room for optimism
After 11 straight months of decline, the Institute for Supply Management's index moved ahead two-tenths of a point in February. The benchmark figure rose to 35.8 from 35.6. It's not the sign of a full-blown recovery by any means, since anything lower than 50 shows a contraction in activity, but any improvement is seen as a sign that perhaps the bottom of manufacturing's decline has been reached.
"Even when we see a modest gain, it's a glimmer of hope," Wachovia economist Sam Bullard told CNN Money.
Norbert J. Ore, chair of the Institute for Supply Management'st sufficient to overcome manufacturers' apparent loss of demand. Survey respondents appear generally pessimistic about recovery in 2009. Some express hope that the stimulus package will help their industry."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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