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US producer prices rise in April for first time in 3 months

producers, gas, manufacturers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices charged by U.S. manufacturers, farmers and other producers rose for the first time since January, lifted by higher costs for gas, steel and medicines. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in April. That followed small declines in February and March. ...

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US manufacturers shrink for 2nd month amid slowdown

US manufacturing shrinks for 2nd month amid global slowdown

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturers contracted in December at the fastest pace in more than six years as factories cut jobs and new orders shrank. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its index of factory activity fell to 48.2 from 48.6 in November. Any reading under 50 signals contraction. The figures suggest that the troubles weighing on manufacturers last year ...

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New ethanol standard disappointing for Iowa agriculture

ethanol

Iowa agricultural and ethanol interests were disappointment Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final ethanol volume requirements — more than proposed six months ago, but less than what Congress ordered. The new quotas under the Renewable Fuel Standard will impose financial hardships on farmers, ethanol manufacturers and consumers, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Monte Shaw, the organization’s ...

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