Karim writes:

Details mixed…orders and production down; employment and backlogs up…

Anecdotals also mixed

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

  • “Depends on division, plant and market served.” (Transportation Equipment)
  • “Current economy has killed new capital sales.” (Machinery)
  • “Commodities are firming again.” (Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products)
  • “First quarter orders up compared to prior two years!” (Fabricated Metal Products)
  • “…lead times for electronic parts are pushing out to 8 to 24 weeks.” (Computer & Electronic Products)


Feb Jan
PMI 56.5 58.4
New Orders 59.5 65.9
Production 58.4 66.2
Employment 56.1 53.3
Supplier Delvs 61.1 60.1
Inventories 47.3 46.5
Prices 67.0 70.0
Backlog Ords 61.0 56.0
Exports 56.5 58.5
Imports 56.0 56.5

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