Tuesday, August 01, 2017

ISM Manufacturing index decreased to 56.3 in July

by Bill McBride on 8/01/2017 10:06:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in July. The PMI was at 56.3% in July, down from 57.8% in June. The employment index was at 55.2%, down from 57.2% last month, and the new orders index was at 60.4%, down from 63.5%.

From the Institute for Supply Management: July 2017 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July, and the overall economy grew for the 98th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: "The July PMI® registered 56.3 percent, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from the June reading of 57.8 percent. The New Orders Index registered 60.4 percent, a decrease of 3.1 percentage points from the June reading of 63.5 percent. The Production Index registered 60.6 percent, a 1.8 percentage point decrease compared to the June reading of 62.4 percent. The Employment Index registered 55.2 percent, a decrease of 2 percentage points from the June reading of 57.2 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 55.4 percent, a 1.6 percentage point decrease from the June reading of 57 percent. The Inventories Index registered 50 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the June reading of 49 percent. The Prices Index registered 62 percent in July, an increase of 7 percentage points from the June reading of 55 percent, indicating higher raw materials prices for the 17th consecutive month, with a faster rate of increase in July compared with June. Comments from the panel generally reflect expanding business conditions, with new orders, production, employment, backlog and exports all growing in July compared to June, as well as supplier deliveries slowing (improving) and inventories unchanged during the period."
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ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

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

This was slightly below expectations of 56.4%, and suggests manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in July than in June.

Still a solid report.