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Manufacturing Activity Expands in September


Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three consecutive months of slight contraction, and the overall economy grew for the 40th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The PMI registered 51.5 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from August's reading of 49.6 percent, indicating a return to expansion after contracting for three consecutive months. The New Orders Index registered 52.3 percent, an increase of 5.2 percentage points from August, indicating growth in new orders after three consecutive months of contraction. The Production Index registered 49.5 percent, an increase of 2.3 percentage points and indicating contraction in production for the second time since May 2009. The Employment Index increased by 3.1 percentage points, registering 54.7 percent. The Prices Index increased 4 percentage points from its August reading to 58 percent. Comments from the panel reflect a mix of optimism over new orders beginning to pick up, and continued concern over soft global business conditions and an unsettled political environment."

PERFORMANCE BY INDUSTRY

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 11 are reporting growth in September in the following order: Textile Mills; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Wood Products; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Paper Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Furniture & Related Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing. The six industries reporting contraction in September — listed in order — are: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Transportation Equipment; Machinery; Chemical Products; and Computer & Electronic Products.

MANUFACTURING AT A GLANCE
SEPTEMBER 2012


Index
Series
Index
Sep
Series
Index
Aug
Percentage
Point
Change


Direction
Rate
of
Change

Trend*
(Months)
PMI™ 51.5 49.6 +1.9 Growing From Contracting 1
New Orders 52.3 47.1 +5.2 Growing From Contracting 1
Production 49.5 47.2 +2.3 Contracting Slower 2
Employment 54.7 51.6 +3.1 Growing Faster 36
Supplier Deliveries 50.3 49.3 +1.0 Slowing From Faster 1
Inventories 50.5 53.0 -2.5 Growing Slower 2
Customers' Inventories 49.5 49.0 +0.5 Too Low Slower 10
Prices 58.0 54.0 +4.0 Increasing Faster 2
Backlog of Orders 44.0 42.5 +1.5 Contracting Slower 6
Exports 48.5 47.0 +1.5 Contracting Slower 4
Imports 49.5 49.0 +0.5 Contracting Slower 2
             
OVERALL ECONOMY Growing Faster 40
Manufacturing Sector Growing From Contracting 1

*Number of months moving in current direction.

The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business surveys are sent out to Manufacturing Business Survey Committee respondents the first part of each month. Respondents are asked to ONLY report on information for the current month. ISM receives survey responses throughout most of any given month, with the majority of respondents generally waiting until late in the month to submit responses in order to give the most accurate picture of current business activity. ISM then compiles the reports for release on the first business day of the following month.

The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management, the first supply institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities and education. This report has been issued by the association since 1931, except for a four-year interruption during World War II.

The full text version of the Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is posted on ISM's website at www.ism.ws on the first business day of every month after 10:10 a.m. (ET).

The next Manufacturing ISM Report On Business featuring the October 2012 data will be released at 10 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Article Date: 2012-10-01
Source: Institute for Supply Management
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