Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Non-Manufacturing Index (October)

Per Calculated Risk:

There were a couple of interesting comments on discretionary spending:

"Uncertainty is having the usual effect on business. Our response is traditional — stop all discretionary spending."

"Business down significantly! Discretionary spending disappearing."

This is exactly how businesses (and consumers) react to uncertainty - halt all discretionary spending. This is usually a temporary reaction until the business can adjust to changes in economic conditions.

Source: ISM