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ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI) Indicates U.S. Service Sector Growth Solid

A waitress serves a steak and fried shrimp combo plate to a customer at Norms Diner on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California May 20, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
A waitress serves a steak and fried shrimp combo plate to a customer at Norms Diner on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California May 20, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

A waitress serves a steak and fried shrimp combo plate to a customer at Norms Diner on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California May 20, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI) came in at 60.3%, a slighter than expected decline from elevated levels. The consensus forecast called for 59.1, with forecasts ranging from 56.0 to 61.2.

“The non-manufacturing sector has again reflected strong growth despite a slight cooling off after a record month in September,” Anthony Nieves, Chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “There are continued concerns about capacity, logistics and tariffs. The respondents are positive about current business conditions and the economy.”

The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index decreased to 62.5%, 2.7 percentage points lower than the September reading of 65.2%. That still reflects growth for the 111th consecutive month, albeit at a slower but still red hot rate in October.

The New Orders Index only eased marginally at 61.5%, or 0.1 percentage point from the reading of 61.6% in September. The Employment Index, which was also elevated, fell 2.7 percentage points in October to 59.7% from the September reading of 62.4%.

The Prices Index actually fell despite tariff concerns, decling 2.5 percentage points from the September reading of 64.2% to 61.7%, indicating that prices increased in October for the 32nd consecutive month.

According to the NMI, 17 non-manufacturing industries reported growth.

Those 17 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in October — listed in order — are: Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Information; Transportation & Warehousing; Utilities; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Construction; Health Care & Social Assistance; Management of Companies & Support Services; Wholesale Trade; Public Administration; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Accommodation & Food Services; Mining; Finance & Insurance; Retail Trade; and Other Services.

The only industry reporting a decrease in October was Educational Services.

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