Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June with furniture at the forefront of the gain, and the overall economy grew for the 97th consecutive month, said the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business issued by Timothy Fiore, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.

He said, in issuing the report, that the June Purchasing Manager’s Index registered 57.8%, an increase of 2.9 percentage points from the May reading of 54.9%. ISM’s New Orders Index registered 63.5%, an increase of 4 percentage points from the May reading of 59.5%. The Production Index registered 62.4%, up 5.3 percentage point versus the May reading of 57.1T. The Employment Index registered 57.2 percent, a gain of 3.7 percentage points from the 53.5% May reading.

Fiore…