Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ISM Services: Contracting at Slower Rate

Business Wire details:

“The NMI (Non-Manufacturing Index) registered 43.7 percent in April, 2.9 percentage points higher than the 40.8 percent registered in March, indicating contraction in the non-manufacturing sector for the seventh consecutive month, but at a slower rate. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased 1.1 percentage points to 45.2 percent. The New Orders Index increased 8.2 percentage points to 47 percent, and the Employment Index increased 4.7 percentage points to 37 percent. The Prices Index increased 0.9 percentage point to 40 percent in April, indicating a slightly slower decrease in prices from March. According to the NMI, seven non-manufacturing industries reported growth in April. Respondents’ comments are mixed and they vary by company and industry about economic conditions.”


Source: ISM