Analysis: Surprisingly good news is tucked away in factory data

After Federal Reserve reports suggested that factory output was starting to falter, it is a relief to find that the latest manufacturing data confirm a robust expansion for the sector, according to The Economist. Despite troublesome unemployment, manufacturing activity expanded at a faster rate last month compared with July and turned out better than economists had expected. The vitality of manufacturing is one of several factors that might prevent protectionism from breaking out, The Economist notes.

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