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US Manufacturing Sector Contracts, Plunges to Three-Year Low
ISM: US Manufacturing Sector Contracts, Plunges to Three-Year Low
Monday, 03 Dec 2012 10:31 AM

Manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in November to its lowest level in more than three years, as companies worried about whether lawmakers in Washington could reach a budget deal in time avert a crisis that many fear could lead to a recession.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Monday that its index of national factory activity fell to 49.5 in November from 51.7 the month before. The reading was shy of expectations of 51.3, according to a Reuters poll of economists.LINK:

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