TEMPE, AZ — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October, and the overall economy grew for the 101st consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
The report was issued Wednesday by Timothy R. Fiore, CPSM, C.P.M., Chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee:
- The October PMI registered 58.7 percent, a decrease of 2.1 percentage points from the September reading of 60.8 percent
- The New Orders Index registered 63.4 percent, a decrease of 1.2 percentage points from the September reading of 64.6 percent
- The Production Index registered 61 percent, a 1.2 percentage point decrease compared to the September reading of 62.2 percent
- The Employment Index registered 59.8 percent, a decrease of 0.5 percentage point from the September reading of 60.3 percent
- The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 61.4 percent, a 3 percentage point decrease from the September reading of 64.4 percent
- The Inventories Index registered 48 percent, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from the September reading of 52.5 percent
- The Prices Index registered 68.5 percent in October, a 3 percentage point decrease from the September level of 71.5, indicating higher raw materials prices for the 20th consecutive month.
Comments from the panel reflect expanding business conditions, with new orders, production, employment, order backlogs and export orders all continuing to grow in October, supplier deliveries continuing to slow (improving) and inventories contracting during the period. Prices continue to remain under pressure. The Customers’ Inventories Index remains at low levels.
Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 16 reported growth in October, in the following order: Paper Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Wood Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Petroleum & Coal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Chemical Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Fabricated Metal Products; Furniture & Related Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; and Primary Metals. Two industries reported the same level of activity as September.
|MANUFACTURING AT A GLANCE
|Customers' Inventories||43.5||42.0||+1.5||Too Low||Slower||4|
|Backlog of Orders||55.0||58.0||-3.0||Growing||Slower||9|
|New Export Orders||56.5||57.0||-0.5||Growing||Slower||20|
Manufacturing ISM Report On Business data is seasonally adjusted for the New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries Indexes.
*Number of months moving in current direction.
|Last 12 Months|
|Oct 2017||58.7||Apr 2017||54.8|
|Sep 2017||60.8||Mar 2017||57.2|
|Aug 2017||58.8||Feb 2017||57.7|
|Jul 2017||56.3||Jan 2017||56.0|
|Jun 2017||57.8||Dec 2016||54.5|
|May 2017||54.9||Nov 2016||53.5|
|Average for 2017 – 57.3
Average for 12 months – 56.8
High – 60.8
Low – 53.5