Thursday, June 03, 2010

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Shows Expansion

by Bill McBride on 6/03/2010 10:00:00 AM

The May ISM Non-Manufacturing index was at 55.4%, unchanged from April (slightly below expectations). The employment index showed some growth after 28 consecutive months of contraction.

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

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in May for the fifth consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and senior vice president — supply management for Hilton Worldwide. "The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 55.4 percent in May, the same percentage as registered in both April and March, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 0.8 percentage point to 61.1 percent, reflecting growth for the sixth consecutive month. The New Orders Index decreased 1.1 percentage points to 57.1 percent, and the Employment Index increased 0.9 percentage point to 50.4 percent, reflecting growth for the first time after 28 consecutive months of contraction. The Prices Index decreased 4.1 percentage points to 60.6 percent in May, indicating that prices are still increasing but at a slower rate than in April. According to the NMI, 16 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in May. Respondents' comments remain mostly positive about current business conditions and the general direction of the economy."
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