Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Earlier: "Fifth District Manufacturing Firms Reported Slowing Growth in January"

by Bill McBride on 1/23/2018 11:54:00 AM

Earlier from the Richmond Fed: Fifth District Manufacturing Firms Reported Slowing Growth in January

According to the latest survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Fifth District manufacturing firms saw slower growth in January, even as each of the expansion metrics remained positive. The composite index moved down from 20 to 14. This decrease resulted from a decline in the metrics for both shipments and employment [declined from 20 to 10]. The third component, new orders, held steady. However, manufacturing firms saw an increase in backlogs in January, after a decrease in December, as the index rose from −4 to 5. Firms reported that they expect growth to strengthen in the coming months.
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CR note: All of the regions that have reported so far for January have shown slowing, but still solid, growth.