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Manufacturing slows amid international trade disruptions (access required)

  In the latest sign of fallout from global trade tensions, U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in August for the first time in nearly a decade. The monthly purchasing managers index produced by the business intelligence firm IHS Markit declined to a seasonally adjusted 49.9 from 50.4 in July.  Index values below 50.0 indicate a contraction in output ...

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