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Economic Data (USA)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI®) for November 2017

Earlier today, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM®) released their Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI®) for November 2017:

Predicted: 59.0%
Actual: 57.4%


The NMI is a reliable barometer of the U.S. services sector; above 50% implies expansion, while a reading below 50% implies that the services sector contracted.

Service categories include: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing + Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation + Warehousing; Information; Finance + Insurance; Real Estate, Rental + Leasing; Professional, Scientific + Technical Services; Management of Companies + Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care + Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment + Recreation; Accommodation + Food Services; Public Administration; and Other Services (services such as Equipment + Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning + Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services).


The Previous Month's NMI reading was 60.1%.


From today' report:

"...Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 95th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®..."


Here's a sampling of comments made by survey participants:

  •     "Domestic business is strong, with positive growth indicators for 2018 from both internal sources and client feedback."
    (Management of Companies and Support Services)

  •     "Construction labor continues to be constrained in the West."

  •     "Steady; no material changes."
    (Finance and Insurance)

  •     "We continue to struggle with understanding the [potential] changes to the Affordable Care Act, and are trying to be flexible in how we respond. Also, Hurricane Maria has affected some of our pharmaceutical supplies."
    (Health Care and Social Assistance)

  •     "Mixed bag of goods for November 2017. Typical seasonal increases for specific braising cuts of beef as the holidays approach. Some volatility on produce items such as brussel sprouts. Expect cream to spike due to holiday season." (Accommodation and Food Services)

  •     "Business seems to be leveling off. Attribute this to the holiday season that is approaching."
    (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services)

  •     "Business is strong, but not as strong as Q3."
    (Retail Trade)

  •     "Bookings would suggest a strong run to the end of the year."
    (Wholesale Trade)

Click here to view the complete ISM report

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