Manufacturing Continues to Recover, If Somewhat Slower

Blog | March 31, 2010 - 4:57 pm

<p>While <a href="">reports </a>indicate that factor orders increased for the 10th month out of the past 11, inventories grew at a slower rate than anticipated indicating continued caution on the part of companies. The bright spots are in investments in manufacturing equipment that suggest a growing recovery in manufacturing capacity. Also manufacturing hiring continued to decline, reinforcing trend toward <a href=" productivity</a>. A key indicator to watch for is when firms begin to hire which will signal a shift to corporate optimism.</p>