The report’s benchmark metric, the PMI increased 1.2%, to 47.6 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), contracting, at a slower rate, for the tenth consecutive month. The past ten months of contraction were preceded by a stretch of 29 consecutive months of growth. ISM also said that the overall economy contracted, at a slower rate, in August, for the ninth consecutive month, which was preceded by 30 consecutive months of growth.

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