U.S. manufacturing surge continues

The Institute for Supply Management's U.S. manufacturing index ticks up to 56.4 percent, up from 56.2 percent in September.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM, Tempe, Ariz., USA) reports that economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month. The index registered 56.4 percent. An index of more than 50 percent indicates expansion; an index of less than 50 percent indicates contraction.

The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Managemen™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. “The PMI registered 56.4 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September’s reading of 56.2 percent. The PMI has increased progressively each month since June, with October’s reading reflecting the highest PMI in 2013. The New Orders Index increased slightly in October by 0.1 percentage point to 60.6 percent, while the Production Index decreased by 1.8 percentage points to 60.8 percent. Both the New Orders and Production Indexes have registered above 60 percent for three consecutive months. The Employment Index registered 53.2 percent, a decrease of 2.2 percentage points compared to September’s reading of 55.4 percent. The panel’s comments are generally positive about the current business climate; however, there are mixed responses on whether the government shutdown and potential default have had any effect on October’s results.”

PMI, 12 months, rolling:

  • October 2013: 56.4
  • September 2013: 56.2
  • August 2013: 55.7
  • July 2013: 55.4
  • June 2013: 50.9
  • May 2013: 49.0
  • April 2013: 50.7
  • March 2013: 51.3
  • February 2013: 54.2
  • January 2013: 53.1
  • December 2012: 50.7
  • November 2012: 49.5