By  on June 2, 2011

WASHINGTON — Apparel manufacturing expanded in May but at a slower pace than April, as overall U.S. manufacturing activity produced the lowest index reading for the past 12 months, according to an Institute for Supply Management survey released Wednesday.

The Institute’s monthly survey of 350 executives across a broad spectrum of manufacturing industries, including apparel and textiles, showed that while the composite index grew for the 22nd straight month, the 6.9 percent month-to-month decline was the largest since 1984. The overall manufacturing index fell to 53.5 percent in May from 60.4 percent in April.

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