by Bill McBride on 9/04/2012 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
This is the third consecutive month of contraction (below 50) in the ISM index since the recession ended in 2009. PMI was at 49.6% in August, down slightly from 49.8% in July. The employment index was at 51.6%, down from 52.0%, and the new orders index was at 47.1%, down from 48.0%.
From the Institute for Supply Management: August 2012 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 49.6 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from July's reading of 49.8 percent, indicating contraction in the manufacturing sector for the third consecutive month. This is also the lowest reading for the PMI™ since July 2009. The New Orders Index registered 47.1 percent, a decrease of 0.9 percentage point from July, indicating contraction in new orders for the third consecutive month. The Production Index registered 47.2 percent, a decrease of 4.1 percentage points and indicating contraction in production for the first time since May 2009. The Employment Index remained in growth territory at 51.6 percent, but registered its lowest reading since November 2009 when the Employment Index registered 51 percent. The Prices Index increased 14.5 percentage points from its July reading to 54 percent. Comments from the panel generally reflect a slowdown in orders and demand, with continuing concern over the uncertain state of global economies."Click on graph for larger image.
Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.
This was below expectations of 50.0%. This suggests manufacturing contracted in August for the third consecutive month.
This was another weak report.