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Economy

Economic Data (USA)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

ISM Manufacturing Index for March 2009

Earlier today, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) released their Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) for March 2009:

Predicted: 36.0%
Actual: 36.3%

Every month, the ISM surveys purchasing and supply executives at hundreds of companies across the country that are involved in manufacturing in some form. The resulting index is watched closely by academics, economists and investors because manufacturing accounts for 12% of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The PMI is a reliable barometer of U.S. manufacturing: A PMI above 50% implies that U.S. manufacturing expanded during the month in question; when it's below 50%, it implies that the manufacturing sector contracted.

The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

During the prior month, the PMI was 35.8%.

Click here to view the complete ISM report.

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