An economic indicator shows that
manufacturing grew at its slowest rate in six months during April, Reuters
reported. Financial data firm Markit said the preliminary
reading of the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell from 54.6 to 52
this month, which was the slowest reading since October 2012. The results
suggest that "the picture looks to have already began to darken again,
with growth set to weaken in the second quarter," Chris Williamson, chief
economist at Markit, told Reuters.