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  • After more than 20 years of closing shop due to overseas competition, it appears small factories are making a comeback, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Making sense of the manufacturing economy     Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 7:44 AM ET

    Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Ford Motor Company; Chad Moutray, National Association of Manufacturers, and Steven Szakaly, Cliffs Natural Resources, take a look at how the nation's manufacturing sector is using data to make critical business decisions.

  • Made in America: The Wal-Mart economy     Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 2:52 PM ET

    American factories had more manufacturing activity in July than other time in the last year. Wal-Mart is announcing plans to buy more U.S made products over the next decade, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • July economic data: two out of three ain't bad Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 1:14 PM ET

    The Services and Manufacturing ISM both report Employment expanding, but Nonfarm payrolls were below consensus. ISM respondents' optimism is overdone, or Nonfarm payrolls is wrong.

  • Detroit makers struggle with production shortages Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 1:24 PM ET
    Ford F-150 trucks at the company's Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant in Claycomo, Mo.

    Many domestic auto plants are operating above 100 percent of straight-time, two-shift capacity, forcing manufacturers to look at their options.

  • ISM Non-manufacturing Index 56.0 in July     Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest numbers from the manufacturing sector last month.

  • Euro zone business expanded for the first time in 18 months in July, albeit very slightly, suggesting the economy is slowly starting to stabilize.

  • Transportation fuels US factory orders rise Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET
    An employee welds a beed onto the nose of an aluminum pontoon during the fabrication process at the Nautic Global Group production facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

    New orders for US factory goods rose for the third straight month in June, the latest indication that a recent slowdown in manufacturing activity had probably run its course.

  • Factory orders up 1.5% in June     Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest data on factory activity, and a look at today's job numbers, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Toyota raises profit forecast on weak yen, US sales Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 2:11 AM ET

    Toyota raised its operating profit forecast for the financial year ending in March 2014 by 7.8 percent as the weakening yen makes its export business more profitable.

  • Why China's official PMI figure is 'no big deal'     Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 9:02 PM ET

    Peter Morici, Professor at University of Maryland explains why China's better-than-expected official PMI figure of 50.3 isn't statistically significant.

  • Manufacturing growth booms, but building is down Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET
    Workers use grinders to smooth down the welded joints on railroad suspension parts at the Columbus Castings finishing area in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

    The pace of growth in the US manufacturing sector accelerated in July. A separate report showed that US construction spending unexpectedly fell in June.

  • July's ISM Index 55.4 vs. 50.9 in June     Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest data on manufacturing and construction. And CNBC's Steve Liesman reports on what it indicates about the economy and its likely impact on the markets.

  • China's divergent PMI figures     Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 12:22 AM ET

    Jackson Wong, VP at Tanrich Securities explains the divergence between China's official PMI and HSBC's equivalent for July.

  • What's behind China's mixed PMI data?     Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 9:46 PM ET

    Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC says that China's credit crunch hurt smaller firms, and that's why HSBC's PMI figure is lower than the official reading.

  • Midwest business activity picks up modestly Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 9:47 AM ET

    The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest picked up modestly in July, although growth in new orders and employment both cooled, a report showed on Wednesday

  • Jumping jobs! Private sector makes big hiring move Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 8:33 AM ET
    Job seekers speak with an employer at a job fair in Chicago.

    Private sector job creation surged in July as small businesses and services led the way, according to the latest report from ADP and Moody's Analytics.

  • Can economy grow without QE?     Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 8:03 AM ET

    Bruce Kasman of JPMorgan and Alan Skrainka of Cornerstone Wealth Management discuss the outlook on jobs and GDP as well as the challenges facing the markets.

  • More pain for Chinese factories? Official PMI due Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 7:02 PM ET

    China's official manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI), due out Thursday, is expected to show factory activity contracted for the first time in 10 months.

  • Japan's robots eye autos to take up smartphone slack Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 8:49 PM ET
    Arm robots assemble parts at Nissan Motor's Tochigi Plant in Japan.

    As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the slack.