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Monday, August 16, 2010

NY Fed: Manufacturing Conditions improve "modestly" in August

by Calculated Risk on 8/16/2010 08:31:00 AM

From the NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates that conditions improved modestly in August for New York manufacturers. The general business conditions index rose 2 points from its July level, to 7.1.
The new orders index fell below zero for the first time in over a year, dropping 13 points to -2.7—an indication that, on balance, manufacturers saw orders decline slightly.
Employment indexes were positive and higher than in July, indicating that employment levels and the average workweek expanded in August. The index for number of employees had fallen in June and July, but climbed 6 points, to 14.3, this month.
This was slightly below expectations. The decline in new orders is especially concerning.