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Economic Data (USA)

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI®) for March 2022

Earlier today, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM®) released their Non-Manufacturing Index (NMI®) for March 2022:


Predicted: 58.0%
  • Actual: 58.3%  (+1.8 points month-on-month change)


Previous month (revised): 56.5%


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).


From today' report:

"...Economic activity in the services sector grew in March for the 22nd month in a row, with the Services PMI® registering 58.3 percent, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Services ISM® Report On Business®..."


Here's A Sampling Of Comments
Made By Survey Participants:

  • "...'Supply chain challenges continue at about the same levels as last month. Employment has improved as COVID-19 cases are declining. Restaurant sales have improved since Valentine’s Day, with mask and vaccine verification mandates being dropped.'
     [Accommodation + Food Services]

    'Grain and fertilizer prices are near all-time highs, resulting in decreased purchasing.'
     [Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing + Hunting]

    Labor and inflation continue to push costs higher across the board for food and food-service supplies.'
     [Educational Services]

    'Pricing pressures are stronger than ever due to the Russia-Ukraine [war], and energy costs are skyrocketing.'

    'Supply chain disruptions are still a problem due to reduced allocations and manufacturer back orders. Demand continues to outpace manufacturing capacity.'
     [Health Care + Social Assistance]

    'Energy costs are putting a pinch on all suppliers. We have received many surcharge notices.'

    'Concerns over
    inflation and rising energy prices are causing our company to take a cautious approach, especially related to planned capital expenditures.'
     [Management of Companies + Support Services]

    'Long lead times for electronic components are becoming normal and expected. Chemical deliveries are often delayed due to a lack of qualified hazardous materials drivers.'
     [Public Administration]

    'Global supply chain issues continue to disrupt chip supply, which is suppressing production of new vehicles.'
     [Retail Trade]

    'We are still seeing raw material subcomponent shortages, transportation delays and price increases.'

    'Constrained supply of many key product groups continues. Inflation worsening. Overall sales and profitability continue to be strong.'
     [Wholesale Trade]..."



CHART: ISM Non-Manufacturing (Services) Index (NMI®) - March 20222 Update

CHART: ISM Non-Manufacturing (Services) Index (NMI®)
March 20222 Update


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