Thursday, February 3, 2011

ISM Services Growth at Fastest Pace in 5 1/2 Years

ecPulse details:

The Institute for Supply Management released today the ISM services index, where the ISM Services index rose in January to 59.4 from the prior reported estimate of 57.1 and well above the expected estimates of 57.2. The services sector expanded in January at the fastest pace since August 2005.

The business activity index rose to 64.6 from 62.9, while the prices paid index rose to 72.1 from 69.5, new orders increased to 64.9 from 61.4, while the employment index rose to 54.5 from 52.6, new export orders slightly eased to 53.5 from 56.0 and imports increased to 53.5 from 51.0.

Source: ISM