NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Index was little changed in Jan at 17.7

"Business activity continued to grow at a solid clip in New York State, according to firms responding to the January 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey," the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced on Tuesday.

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The headline general business conditions index, at 17.7, was little changed from last month’s level.

The new orders index and the shipments index both showed ongoing growth, although at a slower pace than in December.

Unfilled orders and delivery times increased slightly, and inventory levels were higher.

Labor market conditions pointed to a modest increase in employment and steady workweeks.

Both input prices and selling prices increased at a faster pace than last month. Firms remained very optimistic about future business conditions, and capital spending plans were robust.

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