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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Shows Contraction

by Calculated Risk on 2/04/2009 10:03:00 AM

From the Institute for Supply Management: January 2009 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

"The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 42.9 percent in January, 2.8 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted 40.1 percent registered in December, indicating contraction in the non-manufacturing sector for the fourth consecutive month, but at a slightly slower rate. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 5.3 percentage points to 44.2 percent. The New Orders Index increased 2.7 percentage points to 41.6 percent, and the Employment Index decreased 0.1 percentage point to 34.4 percent. The Prices Index increased 6.4 percentage points to 42.5 percent in January, indicating a decrease in prices from December. According to the NMI, two non-manufacturing industries reported growth in January. Respondents are concerned about the global economy and the continued decline in business and spending."
This is a weak report. The service sector is still contracting but at a slightly slower pace than in December. The employment numbers remain especially weak.