By John S. McClenahen The manufacturing recovery reflected in the most recent business activity indexes from the Institute for Supply Management and the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI is not reflected in the most recent U.S. machine tool consumption figures. Gross new orders for U.S. consumption declined 9.7% in November 2002 to $145.52 million. That figure also was 4.3% below the November 2001 total of $152.04 million, report AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association, the trade groups that jointly compile the statistics. In November 2002, consumption of metal-cutting machine tools was $129.45 million, down 4.3% from October's mark. Consumption of metal forming-machine tools was $16.07 million, down 37.8%.