Expansion in China's Factory Sector Hits Lowest Level in Months

Expansion in China’s factory sector in July hit the lowest level in nearly a year and a half, with a gauge of activity slipping in the latest sign of slackness of the world’s second-largest economy. China’s official manufacturing purchasing-managers’ index, a gauge

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Advanced in June

Orders for cars, appliances and other durable goods increased in June, signaling continued strength in the U.S. economy as manufacturers continue to deal with shortages in parts and labor and confront higher material costs. New orders for products meant to last at

Fire in food factory in Bangladesh kills at least 49 people

At least 49 people have died in a fire that broke out at a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, fire officials and local TV stations said Friday. A fire service official, Russel Shikder, confirmed that the fire began Thursday night

Manufacturers' Good Problems

Manufacturers are getting hit by supply-chain bottlenecks, struggling with parts shortages and rising materials prices, and having a hard time finding workers. But don’t let those things detract from the main story: Manufacturers are doing great. The Institute for Supply Management on

First Solar to Build New Solar-Panel Factory in Ohio

WASHINGTON—The biggest American-owned solar-panel maker is set to announce plans Wednesday to invest $680 million in a new Ohio factory, in one of the largest bets on domestic solar manufacturing since China began dominating the industry a decade ago. First Solar Inc.,