Manufacturing in the U.S. Just Accelerated to Its Best Year Since 2004

Courtesy of Bloomberg. By Katia Dmitrieva

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.

The survey-based measure of factory activity — the year’s second-highest behind September, when storm-related supply delays boosted the index — brings the 2017 average to 57.6, the best in 13 years.Key Takeaways

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