US manufacturing PMI in April plunges to 41.5 percent

US manufacturing PMI in April plunges to 41.5 percent

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US economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in April, and the overall economy contracted after 131 consecutive months of expansion, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The April PMI registered 41.5 percent, down 7.6 percentage points from the March reading of 49.1 percent. Index breakdown:

IndexApril levelMarch level
New Orders27.142.2
Backlog of Orders37.845.9
Supplier Deliveries7665
New Export Orders35.346.6

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, the two that reported growth in April are: paper products; and food, beverage and tobacco products.

The 15 industries reporting contraction in April, in order, are: printing and related support activities; furniture and related products; transportation equipment; textile mills; fabricated metal products; nonmetallic mineral products; machinery; plastics and rubber products; electrical equipment, appliances and components; petroleum and coal products; wood products; miscellaneous manufacturing; computer and electronic products; primary metals; and chemical products.

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