What's the connection between domestic manufacturing output and consumer prices?

Apr 15, 2022
There are fewer roadblocks for manufacturers recently, but economists say increased domestic production won't necessarily lead to lower prices in the U.S.
Two major roadblocks to manufacturing — supply chain snarls and hiring — have been easing lately.
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China's COVID outbreak causing new manufacturing slowdowns

Mar 14, 2022
China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus is affecting American as well as Chinese companies.
Strict anti-coronavirus measures are hindering electronics manufacturing and other business in China. Above, workers in protective gear at a mass testing site in Beijing.
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Demand for manufacturing equipment continues to grow

Mar 1, 2022
Orders for core capital goods hit a 40-year high in January. That’s because demand for manufactured goods is still high.
Manufacturers have been ordering more equipment: things like metalworking tools, power generators, computers.
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Canadian protests are choking off one of the most important arteries in the auto industry

Feb 9, 2022
U.S. automakers depend on parts from Canadian manufacturers. And a lot of them cross the Ambassador Bridge.
A trucker protest against Canada’s COVID-19 rules has blocked traffic at the Ambassador Bridge in Ontario, halting the supply of some auto parts to Detroit.
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Manufacturing growth slows as workers get omicron

Jan 24, 2022
Sick time is taking a bite out of manufacturing. And now companies have to make up for it.
The manufacturing sector will have some catching up to do.
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The U.S. economy tries to find its happy place

Jan 5, 2022
IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers' Indexes for services and manufacturing are a mixed bag.
Observers have attributed freight trains' service shortfalls to both pandemic-related stresses and cost-cutting to please investors.
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To satisfy demand, manufacturers are on a capital-goods spending spree

Oct 27, 2021
Sales of things like drill presses, electrical equipment and metalworking tools were up for the seventh-straight month in September.
Orders for durable goods hit a record high in September as manufacturers aim to boost production. Above, a manufacturer operates a lathe in Roscoe, Illinois, in 2019.
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How this metal foundry grew its business during the pandemic

Oct 14, 2021
Although prices for aluminum and zinc are ticking up, Adam Schaller, vice president of a Michigan metal foundry, says business is growing.
Prices for aluminum base scrap picked up 9.7% from August to September.
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Ongoing supply chain difficulties hobble manufacturing and services

Oct 5, 2021
Purchasing managers reports from both ISM and IHS find that firms are struggling to meet demand due to shortages of labor and materials.
Shipping containers sit in dock at the Port of Oakland, California on Sep. 9.
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What's behind China's power cuts?

Oct 5, 2021
China has more than enough coal underground to service the country's needs.
There are more than 50 cap and trade programs across the world to address carbon emissions.
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