Monday, April 30, 2018

Earlier: Chicago PMI Increased Slightly in April

by Bill McBride on 4/30/2018 01:10:00 PM

From the Chicago PMI: Chicago Business Barometer Rises to 57.6 in April

The MNI Chicago Business Barometer rose 0.2 points to 57.6 in April, up from 57.4 in March, snapping a three-month downward trend.

Business activity continued to rise at a solid pace in April, with growth in firms’ operations up for the first time this year, albeit marginally. Three of the five Barometer components fell on the month, with only Production and Supplier Deliveries finding room to grow.
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“While the MNI Chicago Business Barometer ended a threemonth falling streak in April, supply constraints faced by firms intensified and continue to weigh on activity. Longer delivery times are proving attritive, while dearer materials bite further into margins” said Jamie Satchi, Economist at MNI Indicators.

“Uncertainty among suppliers appears to be assisting the upward march in prices, but the majority of firms were optimistic any negative impact stemming directly from recently implemented tariffs would be minimal,” he added.
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This was slightly below the consensus forecast of 57.8, but still a decent reading.