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Manufacturing Growth to Help Propel U.S. Expansion: Economy

Manufacturing grew in December at the second-fastest pace in more than two years, fueled by a gain in orders that will help propel the U.S. expansion.

The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index eased to 57 from the prior month’s 57.3, which was the highest since April 2011, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Readings above 50 indicate growth. Other data showed construction spending rose more than forecast in November and jobless claims declined last week.