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ISM: Manufacturing Sector Continues to Expand

August 02, 2013, 07:01 AM
Filed Under: Economy

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 50th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. "The PMI™ registered 55.4 percent, an increase of 4.5 percentage points from June's reading of 50.9 percent. June's PMI™ reading, the highest of the year, indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the second consecutive month. The New Orders Index increased in July by 6.4 percentage points to 58.3 percent, and the Production Index increased by 11.6 percentage points to 65 percent. The Employment Index registered 54.4 percent, an increase of 5.7 percentage points compared to June's reading of 48.7 percent. The Prices Index registered 49 percent, decreasing 3.5 percentage points from June, indicating that overall raw materials prices decreased from last month. Comments from the panel generally indicate stable demand and slowly improving business conditions."
Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 13 are reporting growth in July in the following order:

  • Furniture & Related Products
  • Textile Mills
  • Printing & Related Support Activitie
  • Paper Products
  • Wood Products
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components
  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products
  • Primary Metals
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Chemical Products
  • Fabricated Metal Products

The four industries reporting contraction in July are:

  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Apparel, Leather & Allied Products
  • Machinery
  • Miscellaneous Manufacturing

To read the full July 2013 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business, click here.


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