Wednesday, August 01, 2012

ISM Manufacturing index increases slightly in July to 49.8

by Calculated Risk on 8/01/2012 10:00:00 AM

This is the second consecutive month of contraction (below 50) in the ISM index since the recession ended in 2009. PMI was at 49.8% in July, up slightly from 49.7% in June. The employment index was at 52.0%, down from 56.6%, and new orders index was at 48.0%, up slightly from 47.8%.

From the Institute for Supply Management: June 2012 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 49.8 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from June's reading of 49.7 percent, indicating contraction in the manufacturing sector for the second consecutive month, following 34 consecutive months of expansion. The New Orders Index registered 48 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from June and indicating contraction in new orders for the second consecutive month, but at a slightly slower rate. Both the Production Index and the Employment Index remained in growth territory, registering 51.3 percent and 52 percent, respectively. The Prices Index for raw materials registered 39.5 percent, an increase of 2.5 percentage points from the June reading of 37 percent, indicating lower prices on average for the third consecutive month. A growing number of comments from the panel this month reflect a slowdown in their businesses and general concern over increasing economic uncertainty."
ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

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

This was below expectations of 50.1%. This suggests manufacturing contracted in July for the second consecutive month.

This was another weak report.