Thursday, March 03, 2011

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index indicates expansion in February

by Calculated Risk on 3/03/2011 10:11:00 AM

The February ISM Non-manufacturing index was at 59.7%, up from 59.4% in January. The employment index indicated faster expansion in February at 55.6%, up from 54.5% in January. 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 February for the 15th 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 registered 59.7 percent in February, 0.3 percentage point higher than the 59.4 percent registered in January, and indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 2.3 percentage points to 66.9 percent, reflecting growth for the 19th consecutive month and at a faster rate than in January. The New Orders Index decreased 0.5 percentage point to 64.4 percent, and the Employment Index increased 1.1 percentage points to 55.6 percent, indicating growth in employment for the sixth consecutive month and at a faster rate. The Prices Index increased 1.2 percentage points to 73.3 percent, indicating that prices increased at a faster rate in February. According to the NMI, 13 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in February. Respondents' comments overall are mostly positive about business conditions and the direction of the economy."
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This was a solid report, except for prices, and slightly above expectations of 59.5%. And this is another report suggesting an improvement in the labor market.