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Friday, July 01, 2011

ISM Manufacturing index increases in June

by Calculated Risk on 7/01/2011 10:15:00 AM

PMI was at 55.3% in June, up from 53.5% in May. The employment index was at 59.9%, up from 58.2% and new orders increased to 51.6%, up from 51.0%. All better than in May.

From the Institute for Supply Management: June 2011 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The PMI registered 55.3 percent, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from May, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 23rd consecutive month. New orders and production were both modestly up from last month, and employment showed continued strength with an increase of 1.7 percentage points to 59.9 percent. The rate of increase in prices slowed for the second consecutive month, dropping 8.5 percentage points in June to 68 percent. This follows a similar reduction of 9 percentage points in the Prices Index in May, and is the lowest figure since August 2010 when the index registered 61.5 percent. While the rate of price increases has slowed and the list of commodities up in price has shortened, commodity and input prices continue to be a concern across several industries.”
ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image in new window.

Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.

This was above expectations of 51.7%. Earlier in the month it looked like the ISM was going to be weak, but recent regional reports indicated improvement towards the end of June.