Economic activity in the manufacturing sector failed to grow in December following 10 consecutive months of expansion, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
The news follows the recent trend, which has been toward slower growth. However, December was apparently a very tough month as New Orders, Production and Employment were all below the breakeven mark of 50%.
Industries close to the housing market appear to be struggling more than others, and those involved in exports seem to be doing better. Slower demand appears to be more of a problem than excessive inventories based on the respondents' comments.