Thursday, August 01, 2013

ISM Manufacturing index increases in July to 55.4

by Bill McBride on 8/01/2013 10:00:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated faster expansion in July. The PMI was at 55.4% in July, up from 50.9% in June. The employment index was at 54.4%, up from 48.7%, and the new orders index was at 58.3%, up from 51.9% in June.

From the Institute for Supply Management: July 2013 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 50th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest 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 55.4 percent, an increase of 4.5 percentage points from June's reading of 50.9 percent. June's PMI™ reading, the highest of the year, indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the second consecutive month. The New Orders Index increased in July by 6.4 percentage points to 58.3 percent, and the Production Index increased by 11.6 percentage points to 65 percent. The Employment Index registered 54.4 percent, an increase of 5.7 percentage points compared to June's reading of 48.7 percent. The Prices Index registered 49 percent, decreasing 3.5 percentage points from June, indicating that overall raw materials prices decreased from last month. Comments from the panel generally indicate stable demand and slowly improving business conditions."
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ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

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

This was above expectations of 53.1% and suggests manufacturing expanded at a faster pace in July.