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Manufacturing Advances

9:26 AM MDT | August 4, 2008 | Arnold Pearlman

Production in the industrial manufacturing sector advanced 0.2% in June, although higher raw material costs and slowing demand are still taking a toll on profits, says a recent report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM; Tempe, AZ). Prices of several chemical commodities including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, caustic soda, polypropylene resins, and titanium dioxide rose in June. Caustic soda and steel were the only commodities reported in short supply for that month, ISM says. Durables production rose 0.7% in June, driven by a jump in automotive...

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