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United States: Manufacturing ISM picks up in May

June 1, 2015

In May, the ISM manufacturing index increased from April’s 51.5% to 52.8%. The result overshot market expectations of an increase to 51.8%. As a result, the index is a bit further above the 50.0% threshold that indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector.

New orders and employment registered the largest gains over the previous month in May. Inventories and supplier deliveries also increased. Production was the only component to tally a setback.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect that industrial output will increase 4.1% this year, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2016, panelists see industrial production decelerating to a 3.5% expansion.

Author:, Economist

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USA PMI May 2015

Note: Composite index in the Manufacturing Report on Business (PMI). Readings above 50% indicate an expansion in the manufacturing sector while readings below 50% point to a contraction.
Source: Institute for Supply Management.

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