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U.S. Factories Close Second Quarter on Solid Note

Wall Street Journal (07/01/14) Nick Timiraos; Kathleen Madigan

U.S. factories saw strong growth in the second quarter even though the pace of expansion eased slightly in June, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The institute’s Purchasing Managers Index fell to 55.3 in June from 55.4 in May. The index had accelerated in each of the previous four months.

Some 15 of 18 manufacturing industries grew in June. However, the growth hasn’t given a boost to hiring. The employment index was flat from May, pointing to only a tiny increase in June hiring, similar to the 10,000 jobs added in May.