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U.S. Manufacturing Dragged Through October

November 1, 2013

UPI Business News

An index of U.S. manufacturing activity slowed to its slowest pace in a year in October, Markit Economics said Friday.

The economic research firm revised its flash estimate of the U.S. purchasing managers index for U.S. manufacturing in October higher, raising the PMI from 51.1 to 51.8. But the final estimate is 1 percentage point behind September's 52.8.

Markit said the new orders index came in at 52.7, down from 53.2 in September. The employment index showed a faster rate of growth at 52.7 compared to September's 51.3.

"While better than the earlier flash reading, the final PMI data indicate that the U.S. manufacturing sector ground to a near standstill in October," said Markit Chief Economist Chris Williamson.

Williamson said the near-term outlook remained uncertain, as manufacturers allowed inventories to drop at the fastest rate since 2009.

However, "encouragingly, it looks like companies are expecting the slowdown to be temporary, most likely linked to the government shutdown, as indicated by an upturn in the rate of job creation," he said.

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