December Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

New Export Orders(c)

ISM’s New Export Orders Index registered 35.5 percent in December, 5.5 percentage points lower than the 41 percent reported in November. This is the third month of contraction following 70 consecutive months of growth in the New Export Orders Index.

The four industries reporting growth in new export orders in December are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Textile Mills; Plastics & Rubber Products; and Miscellaneous Manufacturing. The industries that reported decreases in new export orders in December are: Furniture & Related Products; Primary Metals; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Paper Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Chemical Products; Transportation Equipment; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Computer & Electronic Products; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products.

New Export Orders    

%
Reporting

    %Higher     %Same     %Lower     Net     Index
 
Dec 2008 75 7 57 36 -29 35.5
Nov 2008 75 7 68 25 -18 41.0
Oct 2008 77 7 68 25 -18 41.0
Sep 2008 77 16 72 12 +4 52.0

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