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US Factory-Sector Activity Hits 13-Year High

03 Octobre 2017

The New Orders Index rose by 4.3 points to 64.6%, the Production Index rose by 1.2 points to 62.2% and the Employment Index rose by 0.4 points to 60.3%.

A separate report released by the Commerce Department showed construction spending in the USA increased by more than expected in the month of August.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 17 reported growth in September.

The euro area manufacturing sector grew the most in over six-and-a-half years in September, final data from IHS Markit showed Monday.

A reading over 50% indicates the manufacturing sector is expanding, while below 50% signals contraction. Thirteen industries reported expansion, while three reported a decrease in employment.

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Tim Fiore, chair of the ISM's manufacturing survey committee, said the scramble for supplies for rebuilding in the aftermath of the hurricanes may have driven manufacturing activity higher in September. "Firms' expectations of future output growth also slipped to a four-month low".

The strength of the advances in the ISM's gauges probably includes the recovery and restarting of business following Hurricane Harvey, which had caused many businesses to shut shop.

The Commerce Department said construction spending climbed 0.5% to USD1.218 trillion in August after plunging by 1.2% to USD1.212 trillion in July.

Export orders increased 1.5 points to 57.0, indicating growth for the nineteenth consecutive month. Bloomberg reported American manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in 13 years, in part because of effects from two major hurricanes. A measure of input costs jumped and factories are passing on at least some of the increase.

Also, separate Commerce Department reports on consumer spending and personal incomes were slightly weaker in August, despite a relatively strong start to the third quarter, leading some analysts to forecast a slightly weaker third quarter GDP performance.

US Factory-Sector Activity Hits 13-Year High