Summary Box: Economy sending mixed signals with manufacturing up but housing still weakBy AP
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Summary Box: Economy sending mixed signals
HOUSING STARTS: Construction of new homes rose 1.7 percent in July, but the strength came from a surge in the volatile apartment sector. Single-family home construction fell 4.2 percent.
FACTORY OUTPUT: Production at the nation’s factories rose 1.1 percent in July, the biggest increase in 11 months. Manufacturing continues to be the strongest sector in the recovery.
OUTLOOK: Economists believe housing will remain weak with a glut of unsold homes and high unemployment dampening demand. But the gains in manufacturing will help calm fears about a possible double-dip recession.
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