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Vital Stats: Manufacturing Slump

11:20 AM MDT | April 18, 2008 | Arnold Pearlman

Shipments of chemical products fell 1.2% in February, following a 0.2% advance in January. Shipments of manufactured products fell 1.1% in February, the second decline in the last three months. Sales of durables were down 2.7%, and nondurables dropped 1.5%. Export figures are based on fob values excluding re-export; import figures on cost, insurance, and freight. Sources: Haver Analytics (New York), based on data from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and The Federal Reserve Board. Orders for durable goods were down in February for the second consecutive month...

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