Manufacturing activity in New York state unexpectedly surged in April, a New York Federal Reserve survey showed on Friday.
Factory activity in New York expanded in April at the fastest pace in more than a year, a sign manufacturing may be picking up after a tough 2015.
The New York Federal Reserve's Empire State manufacturing index jumped to 9.56 in April from 0.62 in the previous month. It was only the second positive reading since July. Any reading above zero indicates growth.
Economists polled by Reuters had expected the index to rise to 2.21 in the month. A reading above zero indicates expansion.