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Empire State Manufacturing Survey Conditions continued to expand strongly in October
Business activity grew at a robust pace in New York State, according to firms responding to the October 2017 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index climbed six points to 30.2, its highest level in three years. The new orders index came in at 18.0 and the shipments index rose eleven points to 27.5—readings that pointed to ongoing solid gains in orders and shipments. Delivery times were slightly longer, and inventory levels decreased. Labor market indicators reflected a strong increase in employment and little change in hours worked. Both input prices and selling prices rose at a somewhat slower pace than last month. Indexes assessing the six-month outlook suggested that firms remained optimistic about future conditions.
Manufacturing firms in New York State reported that business activity continued to expand strongly in October. The general business conditions index climbed six points to 30.2, its highest level since 2014. Forty-four percent of respondents reported that conditions had improved over the month, while 14 percent reported that conditions had worsened. The new orders index fell seven points, but at 18.0, pointed to solid gains in orders. The shipments index advanced eleven points to 27.5, its highest level in several years. The unfilled orders index moved down seven points to 2.3. The delivery time index fell twelve points to 3.1, a level indicating slightly longer delivery times, and the inventories index fell fourteen points to -7.8, a sign that inventory levels declined modestly.
Employment Levels Increase
The index for number of employees rose five points to 15.6, suggesting that employment expanded more strongly this month, while the average workweek index registered zero, indicating that the average workweek held steady. Prices increased at a somewhat slower pace than last month: the prices paid index fell nine points to 27.3, and the prices received index moved down seven points to 7.0.
Firms Remain Optimistic
Indexes assessing the six-month outlook suggested that firms continued to be optimistic about future conditions. The index for future business conditions climbed six points to 44.8, and the index for future new orders also came in at 44.8. Employment was expected to increase modestly. The capital expenditures index edged down three points to 21.9, and the technology spending index was little changed at 16.4.
Posted: October 16, 2017 Monday 08:30 AM