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ISM: Non-Manufacturing Sector Growth Slowed in April

May 04, 2012, 07:00 AM
Filed Under: Economy

The Institute for Supply Management reported economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in April for the 28th consecutive month, according to the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI) registered 53.5% in April, 2.5 percentage points lower than the 56% registered in March. This indicates continued growth this month, but at a slower rate in the non-manufacturing sector.  A reading above 50% indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding

According to the NMI, 15 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in April. Respondents' comments affirm the slowing rate of growth. In addition, they remain concerned about rising fuel costs and the impact on shipping transportation and petroleum-based product costs.

Industry Performance:

The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in April — listed in order — are:

  • Retail Trade
  • Information
  • Construction
  • Management of Companies & Support Services
  • Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
  • Educational Services
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Other Services
  • Public Administration
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
  • Health Care & Social Assistance

The three industries reporting contraction in April are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; and Mining.

To read the full ISM Report, click here.


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