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Slowest manufacturing growth in US since Trump’s election

Staff Writer | March 1, 2019
American manufacturers grew their businesses in February at the slowest pace since the election of President Donald Trump.
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America   The prices companies pay for supplies continued to drop
The Institute for Supply Management said its survey of top manufacturing executives fell to 54.2% last month from 56.6% in January.

Although any number above 50% reflects a growing economy, the closely followed ISM index has fallen off from a 14-year high of 60.8% last summer.

The index for new orders dropped 2.7 points to 55.5%, with production falling a steeper 5.7 points to 54.8%. Employment slipped 3.2 points to 52.3% — also the lowest in two years.

On the positive side, the prices companies pay for raw materials and other supplies continued to drop in line with a gradual decline in inflation.

What’s more, 16 of the 18 industries tracked by the ISM reported growth. That’s another good sign.