Monday, June 03, 2019

ISM Manufacturing index Decreased to 52.1 in May

by Calculated Risk on 6/03/2019 10:04:00 AM

The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in May. The PMI was at 52.1% in May, down from 52.8% in April. The employment index was at 53.7%, up from 52.4% last month, and the new orders index was at 52.7%, up from 51.7%.

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

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May, and the overall economy grew for the 121st 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 May PMI® registered 52.1 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percentage point from the April reading of 52.8 percent. The New Orders Index registered 52.7 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the April reading of 51.7 percent. The Production Index registered 51.3 percent, a 1-percentage point decrease compared to the April reading of 52.3 percent. The Employment Index registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 1.3 percentage points from the April reading of 52.4 percent. The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 52 percent, a 2.6-percentage point decrease from the April reading of 54.6 percent. The Inventories Index registered 50.9 percent, a decrease of 2 percentage points from the April reading of 52.9 percent. The Prices Index registered 53.2 percent, a 3.2-percentage point increase from the April reading of 50 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 52.9%, and suggests manufacturing expanded at a slower pace in May than in April.