Manufacturing sector performance

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo robots weld the bed of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich. Ford says it wants to reopen five North American assembly plants in April 2020 that were closed due to the threat of coronavirus. The three Detroit automakers suspended production at North American factories March 19 ago under pressure from the United Auto Workers union, which had concerns about members working closely at work stations and possibly spreading the virus. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
April 01, 2020 - 8:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported Wednesday that its U.S. manufacturing index fell to...
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A parking lot attendant walks through a typically full parking lot now largely empty over people staying home due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 16, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
March 16, 2020 - 2:24 pm
Global markets and businesses big and small opened the week to a landscape seemingly altered by the coronavirus pandemic. National retail chains have closed all stores. Banks are taking steps to keep cash on hand, lots of it. Markets in Asia, Europe and the U.S. are plunging. Following is a quick...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, attendees take a close look at cars from BYD at the Auto Shanghai 2019 show in Shanghai. China’s auto sales plunged 81.7% in February, 2020, from a year ago after Beijing shut down much of the economy to fight a virus outbreak, adding to problems for an industry that already was struggling with shrinking demand. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
March 12, 2020 - 3:19 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales plunged 81.7% in February from a year ago after much of the economy was shut down to fight a virus outbreak, an industry group reported Thursday, adding to problems for automakers already struggling with shrinking demand. Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans fell to...
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In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, a woman works on a spinning mill in a textile factory in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province. A gauge of Chinese manufacturing plunged in February by an even wider margin than expected after efforts to contain a virus outbreak shut down much of the world's second-largest economy. (Chinatopix via AP)
March 02, 2020 - 7:53 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The winning streak, however, may prove short-lived. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its...
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February 26, 2020 - 5:10 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ratings agency Moody's is lowering its forecast for global auto sales because of the new coronavirus outbreak. It now reckons that sales will decline 2.5% decline in 2020 instead of only 0.9%. This year's anticipated decline follows a fall in 2019 of 4.6%. Moody's said in...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, a woman walks past Lunar New Year decor and shuttered bars at a retail district in Beijing, China. Millions of Chinese workers and entrepreneurs are bearing the rising costs of an anti-virus campaign that has shut down large sections of the economy. The government has imposed restrictions nationwide that have stalled travel and sales of real estate and autos. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
February 15, 2020 - 6:28 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Real estate agent Du Xuekun’s sales usually jump after the Lunar New Year holiday. But this year, Du has been at home for a month with no income after vast swathes of China’s economy were shut down in a sweeping effort to contain a virus outbreak. Du, who lives in Jiaozhuo, near the...
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February 13, 2020 - 2:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales plunged in January, deepening a painful downturn in the industry’s biggest global market and adding to economic pressures as the country fights a virus outbreak. Sales of SUVs, sedans and minivans fell 20.2% from a year earlier to 1.6 million, an industry group,...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 10, 2019 file photo, a container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va. U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly in January 2020, snapping a five-month losing streak. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, that its manufacturing index rose to 50.9 in January, from 47.8 in December. Anything above 50 signals expansion. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 03, 2020 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak. The Insitute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index rose to 50.9 in January from 47.8 in December. Anything above 50 signals...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2015 file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built is shown on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose in December 2019 as a big jump in demand for military aircraft offset a sharp decline in commercial aircraft. Demand for commercial aircraft fell a sharp 74.7 percent, reflecting the struggle Boeing has had getting its troubles Boeing has had with its troubled 737 Max plane following two fatal crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 28, 2020 - 6:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose in December as a big jump in demand for military aircraft offset a sharp decline in commercial aircraft that reflected Boeing’s continued problems with its 737 Max. A key category that tracks business investment fell...
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In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo pick-up trucks are lined up for sale on the sales lot at Betley Chevrolet dealership in Derry, N.H. On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 16, 2020 - 6:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, evidence that Americans were willing to spend during the winter holidays after a sluggish November. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales increased 0.3% in December from the previous month. Excluding sales at car...
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