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Philly Fed Disappoints as Indicators Point to Economic Rut

Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region unexpectedly slowed in April while a gauge of future U.S. economic activity fell last month, two separate releases showed on Thursday.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index fell to 1.3 from 2.0 the month before. That was shy of economists’ expectations for 3.0, according to a Reuters poll.

Any reading above zero indicates expansion in the region’s manufacturing. The survey covers factories in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

It is seen as one of the first monthly indicators of the health of U.S. manufacturing leading up to the national report by the Institute for Supply Management.

Leading Indicators Fall

Source: REUTERS

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