Wednesday, August 05, 2009

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Shows Contraction in July

by Bill McBride on 8/05/2009 10:00:00 AM

From the Institute for Supply Management: July 2009 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector contracted in July, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 46.4 percent in July, 0.6 percentage point lower than the 47 percent registered in June, indicating contraction in the non-manufacturing sector for the 10th consecutive month, at a slightly faster rate. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index decreased 3.7 percentage points to 46.1 percent. The New Orders Index decreased 0.5 percentage point to 48.1 percent, and the Employment Index decreased 1.9 percentage points to 41.5 percent. The Prices Index decreased 12.4 percentage points to 41.3 percent in July, indicating a significant decrease in prices paid from June. According to the NMI, seven non-manufacturing industries reported growth in July. The majority of respondents' comments reflect a sense of uncertainty and cautiousness about business conditions."
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The service sector was still contracting in July, and contracting at a slightly faster pace than in June.

It can't be emphasized enough - this is for July. No recovery yet.

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