Slower increases were seen in business activity/production (60.6 from 62.8); new orders (59.5 from 64.8); and new export orders (58 from 59.5). Also, price pressures were higher (61.5 from 61), inventories showed no change (at 53.5) and supplier deliveries went up (58.5 from 55.5). On the other hand, employment (56.6 from 55) and backlogs of orders (56.5 from 56) rose more.
The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in March — listed in order — are: Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Retail Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Management of Companies & Support Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; Construction; Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; and Utilities. The two industries reporting contraction in March are: Educational Services; and Information.