Thursday, June 1, 2017

Manufacturing index rises slightly in May, price pressures slowing

The May PMI® registered 54.9 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the April reading of 54.8 percent. Comments from the panel generally reflect stable to growing business conditions, with new orders, employment and inventories of raw materials all growing in May compared to April. The slowing of pricing pressure, especially in basic commodities, should have a positive impact on margins and buying policies as this moderation moves up the value chain.

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