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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Earlier: Chicago PMI Declines in March

by Calculated Risk on 3/29/2018 01:59:00 PM

From the Chicago PMI: March Chicago Business Barometer Eases to 57.4

The MNI Chicago Business Barometer fell 4.5 points to 57.4 in March, down from 61.9 in February, hitting the lowest level in exactly one year.

Firms’ operations continued to expand in March, but the pace of expansion moderated for a third straight month. Three of the five Barometer components receded on the month, with only Employment and Supplier Deliveries expanding.
“The Chicago Business Barometer calendar quarter average had increased for six straight quarters until Q1 2018, with the halt largely due to the recent downward trajectory of orders and output,” said Jamie Satchi, Economist at MNI Indicators.

“Troubles higher up in firms’ supply chains are restraining their productive capacity and higher prices are being passed on to consumers. On a more positive note, firms remain keen to expand their workforce,” he added.
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This was well below the consensus forecast of 63.2, but still a decent reading.