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by Tom Moeller February 29, 2016
The Chicago Purchasing Managers indicated that its General Business Barometer retreated to 47.6 during February following a surge to 55.6 in January. The reading remained at the low end of the range during the last year. The ISM-Adjusted index fell to 46.7 and gave back its January improvement. During the last ten years, there has been a 62% correlation between the index level and quarterly growth in real GDP.
Declines in the production and the new orders series were pronounced. Employment also fell sharply to the lowest level since November 2009. Fourteen percent (NSA) of respondents reported higher job levels while 24% reported declines. Order backlogs also fell, but supplier deliveries and inventories series rose slightly.
The prices paid index declined to the lowest level since July 2009. Eight percent (NSA) of respondents reported higher prices, but 24% reported them lower.
The MNI Chicago Report is produced by MNI/Deutsche Borse Group in partnership with ISM-Chicago. The survey covers a sample of over 200 purchasing managers in the Chicago area with a monthly response rate of about 50%. The ISM-Adjusted headline index is calculated by Haver Analytics using these data to construct a figure with the ISM methodology. The figures can be found in Haver's SURVEYS database. The Consensus expectations figure is available in AS1REPNA.
|Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (%, SA)||Feb||Jan||Dec||Feb '15||2015||2014||2013|
|ISM-Adjusted General Business Barometer||46.7||52.4||46.8||49.8||51.6||59.3||54.2|
|General Business Barometer||47.6||55.6||42.9||46.8||50.3||60.7||56.0|