Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kansas City Fed: "Modest" Growth in Regional Manufacturing Activity in July

by Bill McBride on 7/26/2012 11:00:00 AM

From the Kansas City Fed: Growth in Tenth District Manufacturing Remained Modest

Growth in Tenth District manufacturing activity remained modest in July, and producers were slightly more optimistic than a month ago.. ...

The month-over-month composite index was 5 in July, up from 3 in June but down from 9 in May ... The production index fell further from 12 to 2, and the shipments index dipped into negative territory. The new orders for export index dropped from -7 to -13, almost matching the all-time low of -14 in early 2009. However, the new orders index edged up from -7 to -4, and the employment and order backlog indexes also improved over last month.

The future composite index climbed from 8 to 13, and future new orders and order backlog indexes also rose after decreasing in June. The future employment index edged higher from 13 to 16, while the future production, shipments, and employee workweek indexes were unchanged. The future capital expenditures index increased from 17 to 20, and the future new orders for exports index improved slightly.
The regional manufacturing surveys have been mixed in July, although the Richmond Fed survey was especially weak.

The last of the regional surveys will be released next week (Dallas Fed).