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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

September 2012
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Sep
Index
Aug
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
10.0
6.4
+3.6
Increasing
10
27.1
55.8
17.1
Capacity Utilization
9.3
1.7
+7.6
Increasing
10
24.7
59.9
15.4
New Orders
5.3
0.2
+5.1
Increasing
4
26.3
52.7
21.0
Growth Rate of Orders
-0.4
-8.7
+8.3
Decreasing
3
18.1
63.4
18.5
Unfilled Orders
-6.9
-9.2
+2.3
Decreasing
3
13.3
66.5
20.2
Shipments
4.5
-2.3
+6.8
Increasing
1
28.1
48.4
23.6
Delivery Time
-8.2
-9.9
+1.7
Decreasing
2
6.2
79.4
14.4
Materials Inventories
0.2
8.9
-8.7
Increasing
2
17.7
64.8
17.5
Finished Goods Inventories
-3.1
6.7
-9.8
Decreasing
1
10.3
76.3
13.4
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
22.5
10.9
+11.6
Increasing
38
27.8
66.9
5.3
Prices Received for Finished Goods
-1.3
-1.6
+0.3
Decreasing
7
12.4
73.9
13.7
Wages and Benefits
15.4
13.5
+1.9
Increasing
34
16.5
82.4
1.1
Employment
5.9
14.2
-8.3
Increasing
23
16.0
73.9
10.1
Hours Worked
2.8
-0.9
+3.7
Increasing
1
16.9
69.0
14.1
Capital Expenditures
8.6
3.2
+5.4
Increasing
2
16.2
76.2
7.6
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Sep
Index
Aug
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
2.4
4.1
-1.7
Improving
5
20.2
62.0
17.8
-0.9
-1.6
+0.7
Worsening
3
20.0
59.1
20.9
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Sep
Index
Aug
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
26.4
28.6
-2.2
Increasing
43
40.1
46.2
13.7
Capacity Utilization
24.5
27.5
-3.0
Increasing
43
37.5
49.4
13.0
New Orders
25.3
27.1
-1.8
Increasing
43
39.4
46.5
14.1
Growth Rate of Orders
4.2
15.3
-11.1
Increasing
43
24.5
55.2
20.3
Unfilled Orders
-6.5
-7.9
+1.4
Decreasing
4
8.6
76.3
15.1
Shipments
26.9
33.8
-6.9
Increasing
43
42.3
42.3
15.4
Delivery Time
-5.4
-11.3
+5.9
Decreasing
6
8.6
77.4
14.0
Materials Inventories
-1.1
-2.3
+1.2
Decreasing
3
18.3
62.4
19.4
Finished Goods Inventories
-6.5
-3.5
-3.0
Decreasing
6
12.9
67.7
19.4
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
47.3
35.7
+11.6
Increasing
42
51.6
44.1
4.3
Prices Received for Finished Goods
21.7
21.6
+0.1
Increasing
3
30.4
60.9
8.7
Wages and Benefits
34.4
35.8
-1.4
Increasing
100
36.3
61.8
1.9
Employment
15.1
13.8
+1.3
Increasing
37
31.2
52.7
16.1
Hours Worked
0.2
0.7
-0.5
Increasing
42
16.3
67.6
16.1
Capital Expenditures
20.6
17.3
+3.3
Increasing
34
31.5
57.6
10.9
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Sep
Index
Aug
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
9.2
6.2
+3.0
Improving
41
24.7
59.8
15.5
5.5
-5.1
+10.6
Improving
1
23.3
58.9
17.8

*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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