U.S. Manufacturing to Continue Growing in 2018: ISM

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ICIS Chemical News

December 12, 2017

U.S. manufacturing should continue expanding in 2018, with revenue rising by 5.1% and capital expenditures rising by 2.7%, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Monday.

Manufacturing employment should grow by 1.2%, the ISM said in its semi-annual economic forecast. The results are based on a survey.

Labor and benefit costs should rise by 2.1%, the ISM said. The U.S. dollar will strengthen against all seven currencies of the nationís major trading partners.

Prices paid for raw materials will rise by 1.3% in the first four months of 2018 before increasing by another 0.5% for the rest of the year, the ISM said. The total should lag behind 2017, which saw raw-material prices rise by 2.1%

Revenue should rise in 16 manufacturing industries, as shown below:

Fabricated metal products; primary metals; electrical equipment; appliances and components; paper products; nonmetallic mineral products; textile mills machinery; chemical products; miscellaneous manufacturing; food, beverage and tobacco products; computer and electronic products; furniture and related products; transportation equipment; printing and related support activities; plastics and rubber products; petroleum and coal products.

Overall, 67% expect 2018 will be better than 2017, while 29% think it will be the same, the ISM said.

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