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Service Sector Growth Slows in May Non-Manufacturing Report on Business (NMI)

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The Non-Manufacturing Report on Business (NMI), a gauge of U.S. service sector activity by the Institute for Supply Management, expanded slowly in May. However, the NMI continued to show growth and 14 non-manufacturing industries show signs of resilience in a weakening U.S. economy. Non-manufacturing activity on the NMI fell to 52.9 in May, down 2.8% from 55.7 in April. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected a smaller tick down to 55.5. A reading above 50 indicates that services activity is expanding, while a reading below 50 signals contraction. May marked the 76th month of expansion in the service sector of the economy, which covers everything from banking to burger chains.

ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING SURVEY RESULTS AT A GLANCE COMPARISON OF ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING AND ISM® MANUFACTURING SURVEYS* MAY 2016
Non-Manufacturing Manufacturing
Index Series Index May Series Index Apr Percent Point Change Direction Rate of Change Trend** (Months) Series Index May Series Index Apr Percent Point Change
NMI®/PMI® 52.9 55.7 -2.8 Growing Slower 76 51.3 50.8 +0.5
Business Activity/Production 55.1 58.8 -3.7 Growing Slower 82 52.6 54.2 -1.6
New Orders 54.2 59.9 -5.7 Growing Slower 82 55.7 55.8 -0.1
Employment 49.7 53.0 -3.3 Contracting From Growing 1 49.2 49.2 0.0
Supplier Deliveries 52.5 51.0 +1.5 Slowing Faster 5 54.1 49.1 +5.0
Inventories 54.0 54.0 0.0 Growing Same 14 45.0 45.5 -0.5
Prices 55.6 53.4 +2.2 Increasing Faster 2 63.5 59.0 +4.5
Backlog of Orders 50.0 51.5 -1.5 Unchanged From Growing 1 47.0 50.5 -3.5
New Export Orders 49.0 56.5 -7.5 Contracting From Growing 1 52.5 52.5 0.0
Imports 53.5 54.0 -0.5 Growing Slower 4 50.0 50.0 0.0
Inventory Sentiment 60.0 61.0 -1.0 Too High Slower 228 N/A N/A N/A
Customers’ Inventories N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 50.0 46.0 +4.0
Overall Economy Growing Slower 82
Non-Manufacturing Sector Growing Slower 76

* Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries. ** Number of months moving in current direction. The 14 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in May — listed in order — are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Accommodation & Food Services; Utilities; Wholesale Trade; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Construction; Public Administration; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Management of Companies & Support Services; Information; Finance & Insurance; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation. The four industries reporting contraction in May are: Mining; Other Services; Educational Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services.

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