National, and All Regional Manufacturing Gauges in Contraction
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business activity fell deeper into contraction to 48.2 in December from 48.6 the month prior, missing forecasts. While economists expected a slight tick up to 49 for the month, the gauge matches PPD Business expectations as previously reported last week.
“As was the case in November, 10 out of 18 manufacturing industries reported contraction in December,” said Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “Contraction in new orders, production, employment and raw materials inventories accounted for the overall softness in December.”
The reading, which fell deeper into contraction for the second consecutive month, was the lowest since June 2009. Readings above 50 point to expansion while those below indicate contraction.
The New Orders Index registered 49.2 percent, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the reading of 48.9 percent in November. The Production Index registered 49.8 percent, 0.6 percentage point higher than the November reading of 49.2 percent. The Employment Index registered 48.1 percent, 3.2 percentage points below the November reading of 51.3 percent. The Prices Index registered 33.5 percent, a decrease of 2 percentage points from the November reading of 35.5 percent, indicating lower raw materials prices for the 14th consecutive month. The New Export Orders Index registered 51 percent, up 3.5 percentage points from the November reading of 47.5 percent and the Imports Index registered 45.5 percent, down 3.5 percentage points from the November reading of 49 percent.
Of the 18 manufacturing industries, only six reported growth in December in the following order: Printing & Related Support Activities; Textile Mills; Paper Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Chemical Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The 10 industries reporting contraction in December — listed in order — are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Machinery; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Transportation Equipment; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Computer & Electronic Products; Wood Products; and Nonmetallic Mineral Products.
|MANUFACTURING AT A GLANCE
|Customers’ Inventories||51.5||50.5||+1.0||Too High||Faster||5|
|Backlog of Orders||41.0||43.0||-2.0||Contracting||Faster||7|
Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries indexes.
*Number of months moving in current direction.