Increases were seen for business activity/production (60.1 from 59.8); employment (57.5 from 56.8); inventories (52.5 from 51.5) and new export orders (60 from 56). Also, price pressures slowed (62.7 from 66.3), backlog of orders eased (53.5 from 56) and supplier deliveries were flat at 58. On the other hand, general new orders slowed slightly (62.8 from 63).
The 16 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in October — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Mining; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Utilities; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; Information; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Accommodation & Food Services. The two industries reporting contraction in October are: Educational Services; and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation.