December Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

Inventories

Manufacturers’ inventories contracted in December as the Inventories Index registered 38.8 percent, which is 0.3 percentage point lower than the 39.1 percent reported in November. An Inventories Index greater than 42.4 percent, over time, is generally consistent with expansion in the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ (BEA) figures on overall manufacturing inventories (in chained 2000 dollars).

The two industries reporting higher inventories in December are: Furniture & Related Products; and Wood Products. The industries that reported decreases in December are: Primary Metals; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Plastics & Rubber Products; Textile Mills; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components; Fabricated Metal Products; Computer & Electronic Products; Transportation Equipment; Machinery; Chemical Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products.

Inventories           %Higher         %Same         %Lower         Net         Index
 
Dec 2008 18 40 42 -24 38.8
Nov 2008 13 51 36 -23 39.1
Oct 2008 16 55 29 -13 44.3
Sep 2008 13 60 27 -14 43.4

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