Results from two surveys of the nation’s purchasing executives indicate manufacturing activity in the U.S. during May was nearly unchanged from the month before. Meanwhile, separate reports show construction spending eased, but consumer spending increased, resulting in hopes that the current quarter will be stronger for the overall economy than the previous one.
Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows Along with Incomes, Construction
Activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector continued to throttle back in April from a near two-year peak earlier in 2017, but it continues to expand. Separate reports show drops in consumer spending and construction, but analysts remain generally optimistic about the entire year.