Research & Data

Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

August 2012
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Aug
Index
Jul
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
6.4
12.0
-5.6
Increasing
9
27.4
51.6
21.0
Capacity Utilization
1.7
8.7
-7.0
Increasing
9
23.8
54.1
22.1
New Orders
0.2
1.4
-1.2
Increasing
3
24.9
50.4
24.7
Growth Rate of Orders
-8.7
-3.1
-5.6
Decreasing
2
14.6
62.2
23.3
Unfilled Orders
-9.2
-1.6
-7.6
Decreasing
2
12.6
65.6
21.8
Shipments
-2.3
7.4
-9.7
Decreasing
1
23.2
51.3
25.5
Delivery Time
-9.9
1.1
-11.0
Decreasing
1
11.0
68.1
20.9
Materials Inventories
8.9
-3.0
+11.9
Increasing
1
22.3
64.3
13.4
Finished Goods Inventories
6.7
-8.0
+14.7
Increasing
1
21.1
64.4
14.4
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
10.9
3.0
+7.9
Increasing
37
25.7
59.5
14.8
Prices Received for Finished Goods
-1.6
-5.5
+3.9
Decreasing
6
12.9
72.6
14.5
Wages and Benefits
13.5
22.9
-9.4
Increasing
33
14.3
84.9
0.8
Employment
14.2
11.8
+2.4
Increasing
22
24.0
66.2
9.8
Hours Worked
-0.9
4.1
-5.0
Decreasing
1
16.9
65.3
17.8
Capital Expenditures
3.2
-0.8
+4.0
Increasing
1
15.0
73.2
11.8
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Aug
Index
Jul
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
4.1
1.6
+2.5
Improving
4
21.5
61.1
17.4
-1.6
-13.2
+11.6
Worsening
2
20.5
57.4
22.1
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Aug
Index
Jul
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
28.6
27.1
+1.5
Increasing
42
38.6
51.4
10.0
Capacity Utilization
27.5
21.8
+5.7
Increasing
42
35.6
56.3
8.1
New Orders
27.1
20.1
+7.0
Increasing
42
35.2
56.7
8.1
Growth Rate of Orders
15.3
10.7
+4.6
Increasing
42
26.7
61.9
11.4
Unfilled Orders
-7.9
-11.5
+3.6
Decreasing
3
5.7
80.7
13.6
Shipments
33.8
24.3
+9.5
Increasing
42
40.3
53.2
6.5
Delivery Time
-11.3
-6.9
-4.4
Decreasing
5
5.7
77.3
17.0
Materials Inventories
-2.3
-11.5
+9.2
Decreasing
2
17.2
63.2
19.5
Finished Goods Inventories
-3.5
-8.3
+4.8
Decreasing
5
14.9
66.7
18.4
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
35.7
32.2
+3.5
Increasing
41
43.7
48.3
8.0
Prices Received for Finished Goods
21.6
13.8
+7.8
Increasing
2
31.8
58.0
10.2
Wages and Benefits
35.8
35.0
+0.8
Increasing
99
38.0
59.8
2.2
Employment
13.8
9.2
+4.6
Increasing
36
29.9
54.0
16.1
Hours Worked
0.7
2.8
-2.1
Increasing
41
14.6
71.5
13.9
Capital Expenditures
17.3
10.5
+6.8
Increasing
33
27.6
62.1
10.3
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Aug
Index
Jul
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
6.2
5.3
+0.9
Improving
40
22.4
61.4
16.2
-5.1
-7.3
+2.2
Worsening
2
14.6
65.7
19.7

*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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