ISM Reports PMI at Rate Highest In 3 Years

Written by Sandy Williams

The August ISM Purchasing Manufacturing Index increased 1.9 points to a reading of 59.0, its highest reading since March 2011. Survey respondents report business is strong but expressed concern over geopolitical issues.

New orders and production each increased 3.3 percent to 66.7 and 64.5, respectively. The new orders index was the highest seen since April 2004 when it registered 67.1 percent.

Inventories grew in August as indicated by a 3.5 percent growth in the raw materials inventory index. Exports and imports grew at a faster rate last month, increasing by 2.0 and 4.0 points, respectively.

The index for prices increased at a slower rate, falling 1.5 points to 58.0. Employment continue to grow with an index reading just 0.1 percent below July.

Comments from respondents include:

–“The commercial building business is good, our business is up.” (Fabricated Metal Products)
–“Overall business conditions are flat. World issues taking a toll on business. Consumers are cutting back on spending.” (Transportation Equipment)
–“Demand is strong. Numbers are up over last year.” (Machinery)
–“Strongest month in years. Business is solid…Awesome!” (Primary Metals)

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