Wednesday, June 01, 2011

ISM Manufacturing index declines to 53.5 in May

by Bill McBride on 6/01/2011 10:00:00 AM

PMI was at 53.5% in May, sharply down from 60.4% in April. The employment index was at 58.2 and new orders at 51.0. All lower than in April.

From the Institute for Supply Management: May 2011 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 53.5 percent and indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 22nd consecutive month. This month's index, however, registered 6.9 percentage points below the April reading of 60.4 percent, and is the first reading below 60 percent for 2011, as well as the lowest PMI reported for the past 12 months. Slower growth in new orders and production are the primary contributors to this month's lower PMI reading. Manufacturing employment continues to show good momentum for the year, as the Employment Index registered 58.2 percent, which is 4.5 percentage points lower than the 62.7 percent reported in April. Manufacturers continue to experience significant cost pressures from commodities and other inputs."
ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image in new window.

Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.

This was well below expectations of 57.5%, but pretty much in line with the regional surveys.

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