Humming U.S. factories end 2018 on sour note amid trade war

U.S. MANUFACTURING seems to be slowing after a couple of years of strong growth, as tariffs and other economic headwinds hit the economy. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DAVE MARTIN
U.S. MANUFACTURING seems to be slowing after a couple of years of strong growth, as tariffs and other economic headwinds hit the economy. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/DAVE MARTIN
WASHINGTON – Five Federal Reserve indexes of regional manufacturing all slumped in December, the first time they’ve fallen in unison since May 2016 and the latest evidence that a pillar of the U.S. economy has started to wobble heading into next year. The Dallas Fed’s factory index unexpectedly contracted this month, falling to a two-year…

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