Wednesday, March 03, 2010

ISM Non-Manufacturing Shows Expansion in February

by Bill McBride on 3/03/2010 10:00:00 AM

This report shows improvement in the service sector, although employment declined for the 26th consecutive month.

From the Institute for Supply Management: February 2010 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

"The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 53 percent in February, 2.5 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted 50.5 percent registered in January, indicating growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 2.6 percentage points to 54.8 percent, reflecting growth for the third consecutive month. The New Orders Index increased 0.3 percentage point to 55 percent, and the Employment Index increased 4 percentage points to 48.6 percent. The Prices Index decreased 0.8 percentage point to 60.4 percent in February, indicating an increase in prices paid from January. According to the NMI, nine non-manufacturing industries reported growth in February. Respondents' comments vary by industry and company about business conditions."
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Employment activity in the non-manufacturing sector contracted in February for the 26th consecutive month. ISM's Non-Manufacturing Employment Index for February registered 48.6 percent. This reflects an increase of 4 percentage points when compared to the seasonally adjusted 44.6 percent registered in January.
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