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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

April 2011
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
8.1
24.1
-16.0
Increasing
18
31.5
45.1
23.4
Capacity Utilization
9.7
18.7
-9.0
Increasing
8
29.1
51.5
19.4
New Orders
4.3
13.6
-9.3
Increasing
6
29.6
45.2
25.3
Growth Rate of Orders
5.0
10.0
-5.0
Increasing
6
25.5
54.0
20.5
Unfilled Orders
-3.1
-3.3
+0.2
Decreasing
2
13.1
70.7
16.2
Shipments
7.8
18.7
-10.9
Increasing
6
29.4
49.1
21.6
Delivery Time
-3.3
-3.0
-0.3
Decreasing
11
7.5
81.7
10.8
Materials Inventories
3.7
6.6
-2.9
Increasing
3
18.2
67.3
14.5
Finished Goods Inventories
4.2
1.0
+3.2
Increasing
3
17.0
70.2
12.8
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
56.6
57.2
-0.6
Increasing
21
61.7
33.2
5.1
Prices Received for Finished Goods
23.9
17.0
+6.9
Increasing
6
27.9
68.1
4.0
Wages and Benefits
15.9
11.9
+4.0
Increasing
17
17.0
81.9
1.1
Employment
13.4
11.6
+1.8
Increasing
6
19.4
74.6
6.0
Hours Worked
-0.7
12.8
-13.5
Decreasing
1
14.9
69.5
15.6
Capital Expenditures
7.5
6.0
+1.5
Increasing
6
12.9
81.7
5.4
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
10.0
15.7
-5.7
Improving
7
25.0
60.0
15.0
10.5
11.5
-1.0
Improving
7
24.4
61.7
13.9
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
50.4
48.5
+1.9
Increasing
26
58.6
33.2
8.2
Capacity Utilization
43.9
44.6
-0.7
Increasing
26
51.7
40.5
7.8
New Orders
42.2
46.4
-4.2
Increasing
26
52.0
38.2
9.8
Growth Rate of Orders
29.4
36.7
-7.3
Increasing
26
39.6
50.2
10.2
Unfilled Orders
5.4
7.0
-1.6
Increasing
9
15.1
75.3
9.7
Shipments
46.1
42.7
+3.4
Increasing
26
53.7
38.7
7.6
Delivery Time
-1.1
-1.0
-0.1
Decreasing
2
8.6
81.7
9.7
Materials Inventories
12.0
13.2
-1.2
Increasing
7
26.1
59.8
14.1
Finished Goods Inventories
-1.0
0.0
-1.0
Decreasing
1
15.1
68.8
16.1
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
58.7
57.6
+1.1
Increasing
25
62.0
34.8
3.3
Prices Received for Finished Goods
34.1
34.7
-0.6
Increasing
9
37.4
59.3
3.3
Wages and Benefits
35.7
32.4
+3.3
Increasing
83
36.2
63.3
0.5
Employment
28.3
31.0
-2.7
Increasing
20
34.8
58.7
6.5
Hours Worked
14.0
18.2
-4.2
Increasing
26
21.5
71.0
7.5
Capital Expenditures
22.0
16.0
+6.0
Increasing
17
25.3
71.4
3.3
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
24.9
26.5
-1.6
Improving
23
37.4
50.1
12.5
16.9
16.8
+0.1
Improving
8
30.9
55.1
14.0

*Indicator direction refers to this month's index. If index is positive (negative), indicator is increasing (decreasing) or improving (worsening). If zero, indicator is unchanged.
**Number of months moving in current direction.
Data have been seasonally adjusted as necessary.

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