Increases were seen in business activity (61.3 from 57.5); new orders (63 from 57.1); employment (56.8 from 56.2); backlogs of orders (56 from 53.25) and new export orders (56 from 55.) Supplier deliveries also went up (58 from 50.5) and price pressures were the highest since February of 2012 (66.3 from 57.9). In contrast, inventories declined (51.5 from 53.5).
The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in September — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Other Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Information; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; Educational Services; and Accommodation & Food Services. The two industries reporting contraction in September are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; and Mining.