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New York manufacturing conditions poor for fifth month: Fed

Published on Dec 17, 2012 10:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Conditions for manufacturers in New York worsened for a fifth straight month, with new orders and shipments lower, the New York branch of the Federal Reserve said on Monday.

The New York Fed's Empire State manufacturing survey fell three points to negative 8.1, "a sign that business activity declined at a modest pace for New York manufacturers in December," the Fed said.

Fifteen per cent of those surveyed said conditions had improved over the month while 23 per cent reported worse conditions than the prior month.

The downturn belied expectations that there would be a rebound in the region by December, after it was hit hard by superstorm Sandy, which largely shut down activity in and around New York City at the end of October and the beginning of November.

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