US manufacturers growing less optimistic on sector


CHICAGO, March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturers have become less optimistic about the sector's growth prospects in 2006 compared with the overall U.S. economy, according to a National Association of Manufacturers survey released on Tuesday. About 44 percent of U.S. manufacturers expect manufacturing to trail overall U.S. economic growth, up from about 34 percent a year ago, and a substantial majority expect the U.S. economy to grow more slowly than most economists forecast, NAM said. ...

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