by Calculated Risk on 11/01/2018 10:04:00 AM
Thursday, November 01, 2018
The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in October. The PMI was at 57.7% in October, down from 59.8% in September. The employment index was at 56.8%, down from 58.8% last month, and the new orders index was at 57.4%, down from 61.8%.
From the Institute for Supply Management: October 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October, and the overall economy grew for the 114th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.Click on graph for larger image.
The report was issued today by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee: “The October PMI® registered 57.7 percent, a decrease of 2.1 percentage points from the September reading of 59.8 percent. The New Orders Index registered 57.4 percent, a decrease of 4.4 percentage points from the September reading of 61.8 percent. The Production Index registered 59.9 percent, a 4 -percentage point decrease compared to the September reading of 63.9 percent. The Employment Index registered 56.8 percent, a decrease of 2 percentage points from the September reading of 58.8 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 63.8 percent, a 2.7-percentage point increase from the September reading of 61.1 percent. The Inventories Index registered 50.7 percent, a decrease of 2.6 percentage points from the September reading of 53.3 percent. The Prices Index registered 71.6 percent, a 4.7-percentage point increase from the September reading of 66.9 percent, indicating higher raw materials prices for the 32nd consecutive month.
Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.
This was below expectations of 59.1%, and suggests manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in October than in September.
This was still a solid report.