The delivery performance of suppliers to manufacturing organizations was slower in October as the Supplier Deliveries Index registered 51.3 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point lower than the 51.4 percent registered in September. This is the 29th consecutive month the Supplier Deliveries Index has been above 50 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries.
The five industries reporting slower supplier deliveries in October are: Furniture & Related Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Transportation Equipment; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products. The five industries reporting faster deliveries in October are: Plastics & Rubber Products; Primary Metals; Fabricated Metal Products; Chemical Products; and Machinery. Eight industries reported no change in supplier deliveries in October compared to September.