May U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $185.67 million, according to two industry trade groups.

May U.S. machine tool consumption totaled $185.67 million, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology, and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association.

This total was up 7.7 percent from April but down 29.8 percent from the total of $264.6 million reported for May 2001.

With a year-to-date total of $868.49 million, 2002 is down 31.1 percent compared to the same period in 2001.