Purchasing Managers Index Records Slight Decrease in November

Tempe, AZ, December 5, 2017-The November Purchasing Managers Index registered 58.2%, a decrease of 0.5 percentage point from the October reading of 58.7%, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

The New Orders Index registered 64%, an increase of 0.6 percentage point from the October reading of 63.4%.

The Production Index registered 63.9%, a 2.9 percentage point increase compared to the October reading of 61%.

The Employment Index registered 59.7%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the October reading of 59.8%.

The Supplier Deliveries Index registered 56.5%, a 4.9 percentage point decrease from the October reading of 61.4%.

The Inventories Index registered 47%, a decrease of 1 percentage point from the October reading of 48%.

The Prices Index registered 65.5% in November, a 3 percentage point decrease from the October level of 68.5, indicating higher raw materials prices for the 21st consecutive month. Comments from the panel reflect expanding business conditions, with New Orders and Production leading gains, employment expanding at a slower rate, order backlogs stable and expanding, and export orders all continuing to grow in November. Supplier deliveries continued to slow (improving), but at slower rates, and inventories continued to contract during the period. Price increases continued, but at a slower rate. The Customers’ Inventories Index improved but remains at low levels.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 reported growth in November, in the following order: paper products; machinery; transportation equipment; computer & electronic products; nonmetallic mineral products; plastics & rubber products; printing & related support activities; food, beverage & tobacco products; electrical equipment, appliances & components; chemical products; furniture & related products; fabricated metal products; miscellaneous manufacturing; and primary metals. Two industries reported contraction during the period: wood products; and petroleum & coal products.