Thursday, February 03, 2011

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index showed expansion in January

by Calculated Risk on 2/03/2011 10:00:00 AM

The January ISM Non-manufacturing index was at 59.4%, up from 57.1% in December. The employment index showed faster expansion in December at 54.5%, up from 52.6% in December. Note: Above 50 indicates expansion, below 50 contraction.

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

This graph shows the ISM non-manufacturing index (started in January 2008) and the ISM non-manufacturing employment diffusion index.

From the Institute for Supply Management: January 2011 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in January for the 14th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 59.4 percent in January, 2.3 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted 57.1 percent registered in December (the seasonal adjustment did not change the reading that was originally reported), and indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 1.7 percentage points to 64.6 percent, reflecting growth for the 18th consecutive month and at a faster rate than in December. The New Orders Index increased 3.5 percentage points to 64.9 percent, and the Employment Index increased 1.9 percentage points to 54.5 percent, indicating growth in employment for the fifth consecutive month and at a faster rate. The Prices Index increased 2.6 percentage points to 72.1 percent, indicating that prices increased at a faster rate in January. According to the NMI, 13 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in January. Respondents' comments are mostly positive about business conditions; however, they still remain cautious about the sustainability."
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This was a solid report and above expectations of 57.0%.