Research & Data

Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

April 2012
 

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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
5.6
11.1
-5.5
Increasing
5
29.7
46.1
24.1
Capacity Utilization
1.4
12.3
-10.9
Increasing
5
25.9
49.6
24.5
New Orders
-1.0
-0.3
-0.7
Decreasing
2
25.4
48.2
26.4
Growth Rate of Orders
-2.6
-0.8
-1.8
Decreasing
2
22.7
52.0
25.3
Unfilled Orders
-8.3
0.3
-8.6
Decreasing
1
11.8
68.1
20.1
Shipments
-0.8
8.6
-9.4
Decreasing
1
26.2
46.9
27.0
Delivery Time
-1.1
6.8
-7.9
Decreasing
1
7.9
83.1
9.0
Materials Inventories
7.3
-0.3
+7.6
Increasing
1
21.4
64.5
14.1
Finished Goods Inventories
-5.6
-8.0
+2.4
Decreasing
3
15.7
62.9
21.3
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
21.2
27.7
-6.5
Increasing
33
27.6
66.0
6.4
Prices Received for Finished Goods
-5.4
-1.3
-4.1
Decreasing
2
6.0
82.6
11.4
Wages and Benefits
15.2
21.0
-5.8
Increasing
29
18.3
78.6
3.1
Employment
11.8
21.7
-9.9
Increasing
18
19.3
73.2
7.5
Hours Worked
-4.6
2.9
-7.5
Decreasing
1
14.6
66.2
19.2
Capital Expenditures
6.1
6.3
-0.2
Increasing
7
15.7
74.7
9.6
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
-4.5
9.5
-14.0
Worsening
1
10.6
74.3
15.1
-3.4
10.8
-14.2
Worsening
1
12.8
71.0
16.2
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
38.5
44.0
-5.5
Increasing
38
46.7
45.1
8.2
Capacity Utilization
34.9
41.8
-6.9
Increasing
38
43.5
47.8
8.6
New Orders
31.4
44.0
-12.6
Increasing
38
44.4
42.5
13.0
Growth Rate of Orders
21.1
37.2
-16.1
Increasing
38
33.7
53.7
12.6
Unfilled Orders
4.6
15.1
-10.5
Increasing
10
14.9
74.7
10.3
Shipments
34.7
42.8
-8.1
Increasing
38
45.9
42.9
11.2
Delivery Time
-2.3
1.2
-3.5
Decreasing
1
9.2
79.3
11.5
Materials Inventories
5.8
11.8
-6.0
Increasing
6
18.4
69.0
12.6
Finished Goods Inventories
-2.3
7.0
-9.3
Decreasing
1
10.5
76.7
12.8
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
40.2
55.8
-15.6
Increasing
37
44.8
50.6
4.6
Prices Received for Finished Goods
16.1
29.1
-13.0
Increasing
21
24.1
67.8
8.0
Wages and Benefits
36.4
40.3
-3.9
Increasing
95
38.0
60.4
1.6
Employment
19.8
36.9
-17.1
Increasing
32
29.1
61.6
9.3
Hours Worked
9.8
9.6
+0.2
Increasing
37
18.4
72.9
8.6
Capital Expenditures
21.0
25.6
-4.6
Increasing
29
29.1
62.8
8.1
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
14.4
26.2
-11.8
Improving
36
26.9
60.6
12.5
15.7
19.1
-3.4
Improving
7
25.9
63.9
10.2

*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.

Questions regarding the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey can be addressed to Laila Assanie at laila.assanie@dal.frb.org.

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