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February’s Credit Managers’ Index Rakes in Solid Performance

March 01, 2018, 07:20 AM
Filed Under: Economy

Credit professionals report impressive gains in February’s economic report from the National Association of Credit Management, as favorable categories continue rising after the rebound in January.

February raked in solid performance numbers from credit managers participating in NACM’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI), pointing toward a possible positive trend for the second consecutive month. Following a rebound in January, the latest CMI results stayed strong in February, with notable signs of growth in sales, new credit applications and the amount of credit extended to customers.

“This was a good month and it came on top of a good month,” said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. “Is that enough to qualify as a trend? Probably not yet, but one has to start somewhere. If there are decent readings in the next month or two, we will have an actual recovery to talk about.”

While the combined CMI score saw a slight bump to 55.1 in January, February’s reading was recorded at 56.5, becoming the second-highest reading since February 2017. Boosts to favorable factors were more prevalent in the February CMI, with little, albeit positive, change in unfavorable factors. “The good news for the moment is that these readings have been relatively stable and even getting a little better,” Kuehl said.

Combined, manufacturing and service sales sectors as well as new credit applications proved to not only hold, but also exceed January’s readings. However, four of the six readings in February’s unfavorable factors are still in contraction territory (a score under 50)—the most notable slips seen in the rejections of credit applications and accounts placed for collection. Despite the overall positive nature of February’s CMI readings, Kuehl noted that there are companies still struggling to keep up with their competitors.

View the February 2018 report here.

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