US Empires State Manufacturing General Business Outlook improved to 4.3 in July, up 12.9 pts from -8.6. Looking at some details, new orders were little changed, and shipments increased. Unfilled orders and inventories continued to move lower, while delivery times were longer. The employment index remained negative, falling to its lowest level in nearly three years. Input price increases continued to moderate somewhat, while the pace of selling price increases remained modest. Indexes assessing the six-month outlook indicated that firms were fairly optimistic about future conditions.

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