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Monday, March 03, 2014

ISM Manufacturing index increased in February to 53.2

by Calculated Risk on 3/03/2014 10:00:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated faster expansion in February than in January. The PMI was at 53.2% in February, up from 51.3% in January. The employment index was at 52.3%, unchanged from 52.3% in January, and the new orders index was at 54.5%, up from 51.2% in January.

From the Institute for Supply Management: February 2014 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The February PMI® registered 53.2 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from January's reading of 51.3 percent indicating expansion in manufacturing for the ninth consecutive month. The New Orders Index registered 54.5 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from January's reading of 51.2 percent. The Production Index registered 48.2 percent, a decrease of 6.6 percentage points compared to January's reading of 54.8 percent. Inventories of raw materials increased by 8.5 percentage points to 52.5 percent. As in January, several comments from the panel mention adverse weather conditions as a factor impacting their businesses in February. Other comments reflect optimism in terms of demand and growth in the near term."
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ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

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

This was above expectations of 51.9%.