US Manufacturing Activity at 13-Month Low

The Institute for Supply Management index of national factory activity declined for the fourth straight month to 52.9 in February from 53.5 in January. The new orders, production and employment subindexes fell while the prices gauge was unchanged.
ISM | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com 3/2/2015 6:14:41 PM
The New Orders Index registered 52.5 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage point from the reading of 52.9 percent in January. 

The Production Index registered 53.7 percent, 2.8 percentage points below the January reading of 56.5 percent. 

The Employment Index registered 51.4 percent, 2.7 percentage points below the January reading of 54.1 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 52.5 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points above the January reading of 51 percent. 

The Prices Index registered 35 percent, the same percentage as in January, indicating lower raw materials prices for the fourth consecutive month. Comments from the panel express a growing level of concern over the West Coast dock slowdown, negatively impacting exports and imports and requiring workarounds and added costs."

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 are reporting growth in February in the following order: Paper Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Furniture & Related Products; Primary Metals; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; and Chemical Products. The three industries reporting contraction in February are: Textile Mills; Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; and Computer & Electronic Products.

US Manufacturing Activity at 13-Month Low