CHICAGO — The first quarter 2017 Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) showed power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales began to rise. The most recent 12 months of sales remain 1.9 percent below the year-ago level, but several positive indicators suggest total sales will be above the year-ago level in the coming months.
The 2Q2017 PTDA Business Index remained relatively flat with a reading of 69.8 compared to the first quarter reading of 69.3. Yet, the PTDA Business Index remained higher than the July 2017 PMI Index of 56.3 which suggests expanding business activity for PTDA members.
The PTDA Manufacturer Index declined to 68.7 reading in 2Q2017 from 70.2 in 4Q2016. However, this index is still well above the 50 ISM PMI threshold suggesting PTDA members are experiencing growth. PTDA distributors also indicated a slight decline with a 69.8 reading in 2Q2017 versus a 73.2 reading in 1Q2017.