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US manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace in six months

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US manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace in six months

us manufacturing sectorThe US manufacturing sector’s growth was at its worst in six months during April.

According to Research Firm Market, the Purchasing Manager’s Index fell from 54.6 to 52, slightly above the 50 level, marking the line between growth and contraction.

Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, said the findings suggested output growth was slowing sharply in the second quarter.

“While this week’s first quarter GDP numbers may… bring some brighter news on the economy, the picture looks to have already begun to darken again, with GDP growth set to weaken in the second quarter.”

Figures due out on Friday are expected to show the US economy grew at an annualised pace of 3% in the first three months of the year.

Similar surveys released on Tuesday covering China and the eurozone also showed economic activity weakening.

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