Monday, April 30, 2012

Chicago PMI declines to 56.2

by Bill McBride on 4/30/2012 09:52:00 AM

Chicago PMI: The overall index declined to 56.2 in April, down from 62.2 in March. This was below consensus expectations of 60.8 and indicates slower growth in April. Note: any number above 50 shows expansion. From the Chicago ISM:

April 2012: The Chicago Purchasing Managers reported the April Chicago Business Barometer decreased for a second consecutive month. After five months above 60, the Chicago Business Barometer fell to 56.2, a 29 month low. The index has remained in expansion since October 2009.
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• PRODUCTION lowest level since September 2009;
• PRICES PAID down from March's 7 month high;
New orders declined to 57.4 from 63.3, and employment increased to 58.7 from 56.3.

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