January 2018 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business Indicates Manufacturing Is Still Growing

By Steve Clouther

Category:
Industry Trends

The Manufacturing ISM Report On Business is published monthly by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the largest supply management organization in the world, as well as one of the most respected. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January, and the overall economy grew for the 105th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Manufacturing expanded in January as the PMI registered 59.1 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 59.3 percent. This indicates growth in manufacturing for the 17th consecutive month.

ISM's New Orders Index registered 65.4 percent in January, which is a decrease of 2 percentage points when compared to the 67.4 percent reported for December, indicating growth in new orders for the 25th consecutive month, seasonally adjusted.

ISM's Production Index registered 64.5 percent in January, which is a decrease of 0.7 percentage point when compared to the 65.2 percent reported for December, indicating growth in production for the 17th consecutive month.

ISM's Employment Index registered 54.2 percent in January, a decrease of 3.9 percentage points when compared to the December reading of 58.1 percent. This indicates growth in employment in January for the 16th consecutive month.

The delivery performance of suppliers to manufacturing organizations was slower in January, as the Supplier Deliveries Index registered 59.1 percent. This is 1.9 percentage points higher than the 57.2 percent reported for December. This is the 16th straight month of slowing supplier deliveries.

The Inventories Index registered 52.3 percent in January, which is an increase of 3.8 percentage points when compared to the 48.5 percent reported for December, indicating raw materials inventories grew in January.

ISM's Backlog of Orders Index registered 56.2 percent in January, an increase of 1.3 percentage points when compared to the 54.9 percent reported for December, indicating growth in order backlogs for the 12th consecutive month.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 reported growth in January in the following order: Textile Mills; Fabricated Metal Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Chemical Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Paper Products; Petroleum & Coal Products; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. Four industries reported contraction during the period: Printing & Related Support Activities; Wood Products; Furniture & Related Products; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products.

 

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