A slowdown was recorded for business activity/production (57.3 from 61.4); new orders (64.3 from 58.7); inventories (53.5 from 54.5); backlog of orders (50 from 51.5) and new export orders (56.5 from 57). Also, prices rose faster (60.8 from 60.7). On the other hand, employment (56.3 from 55.3), supplier deliveries (55.5 from 54) and inventory sentiment went up (62.5 from 56).
The 14 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in December — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Utilities; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Accommodation & Food Services; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Transportation & Warehousing; Mining; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Public Administration; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting contraction in December are: Information; Educational Services; and Management of Companies & Support Services.