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ISM: February Manufacturing Activity Expanded for 31st Consecutive Month

March 02, 2012, 08:00 AM
Filed Under: Economy

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 31st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 33rd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The PMI registered 52.4 percent, a decrease of 1.7% from January's reading of 54.1%, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 31st consecutive month.
A reading above 50% indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50% indicates that it is generally contracting.

The New Orders Index registered 54.9%, a decrease of 2.7% from January's reading of 57.6%, reflecting the 34th consecutive month of growth in new orders. Prices of raw materials increased for the second consecutive month, with the Prices Index registering 61.5%.
As was the case in January, new orders, production and employment all grew in February — although at somewhat slower rates than in January. Comments from the panel continue to reflect a generally positive outlook for the next few months."

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 11 are reporting growth in February, in the following order:

  • Apparel, Leather & Allied Products
  • Machinery
  • Primary Metals
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Petroleum & Coal Products
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Paper Products
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products
  • Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • Chemical Products

The four industries reporting contraction in February are:

  • Furniture & Related Products
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components

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