Wednesday, May 01, 2019

ISM Manufacturing index Decreased to 52.8 in April

by Calculated Risk on 5/01/2019 10:05:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in April. The PMI was at 52.8% in April, down from 55.3% in March. The employment index was at 52.4%, down from 57.5% last month, and the new orders index was at 51.7%, down from 57.4%.

From the Institute for Supply Management: April 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April, and the overall economy grew for the 120th consecutive month, say the nation—s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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 April PMI® registered 52.8 percent, a decrease of 2.5 percentage points from the March reading of 55.3 percent. The New Orders Index registered 51.7 percent, a decrease of 5.7 percentage points from the March reading of 57.4 percent. The Production Index registered 52.3 percent, a 3.5-percentage point decrease compared to the March reading of 55.8 percent. The Employment Index registered 52.4 percent, a decrease of 5.1 percentage points from the March reading of 57.5 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 54.6 percent, a 0.4-percentage point increase from the March reading of 54.2 percent. The Inventories Index registered 52.9 percent, an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the March reading of 51.8 percent. The Prices Index registered 50 percent, a 4.3-percentage point decrease from the March reading of 54.3 percent.
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ISM PMIClick on graph for larger image.

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

This was below expectations of 55.0%, and suggests manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in April than in March.