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“The headline general business conditions index edged down by over two points to 22.6″”still a high level, suggesting a continuation of robust growth,” the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced in its latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey report.

Key takeaways

  • The new orders index dipped three points to 18.2, while the shipments index fell nine points to 14.6, pointing to a modest pullback in growth of orders and shipments.
  • Labor market indicators pointed to continued sturdy growth in employment and a modest increase in the workweek.
  • The prices paid index slipped ten points to 42.7″”still a fairly high level indicative of widespread ongoing input price pressures; the prices received index was little changed at 22.2, signaling continued moderate increases in selling prices.
  • Looking ahead, firms were slightly less optimistic about the six-month outlook than they were last month.