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Monday, July 02, 2012

U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in three years.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of manufacturing activity fell to 49.7. That's down from 53.5 in May and the lowest reading since July 2009, one more after the recession officially ended.

The most troubling sign in the report was a sharp drop in a measure of new orders. The gauge plunged by the most in a decade, from 60.1 to 47.8. That's the first time it has fallen below 50 since April 2009, when the economy was still in recession.

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