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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

December 2012
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Dec
Index
Nov
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
2.7
1.7
+1.0
Increasing
13
22.6
57.5
19.9
Capacity Utilization
1.8
-1.3
+3.1
Increasing
1
21.0
59.8
19.2
New Orders
-0.9
0.4
-1.3
Decreasing
1
25.6
48.0
26.5
Growth Rate of Orders
-3.7
2.3
-6.0
Decreasing
1
19.3
57.7
23.0
Unfilled Orders
-6.8
-5.3
-1.5
Decreasing
6
12.8
67.6
19.6
Shipments
11.3
0.9
+10.4
Increasing
4
29.3
52.7
18.0
Delivery Time
-6.6
-3.9
-2.7
Decreasing
5
7.8
77.8
14.4
Materials Inventories
-1.2
4.1
-5.3
Decreasing
1
21.1
56.6
22.3
Finished Goods Inventories
-5.5
-11.9
+6.4
Decreasing
4
16.7
61.1
22.2
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
23.7
30.2
-6.5
Increasing
41
30.1
63.5
6.4
Prices Received for Finished Goods
-0.2
9.0
-9.2
Decreasing
1
10.1
79.6
10.3
Wages and Benefits
15.1
15.1
0.0
Increasing
37
18.4
78.3
3.3
Employment
-1.0
6.7
-7.7
Decreasing
1
16.6
65.8
17.6
Hours Worked
1.0
-7.1
+8.1
Increasing
1
18.3
64.4
17.3
Capital Expenditures
12.6
6.1
+6.5
Increasing
5
23.3
66.0
10.7
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Dec
Index
Nov
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
9.2
-4.8
+14.0
Improving
1
18.5
72.2
9.3
6.8
-2.8
+9.6
Improving
1
17.4
72.0
10.6
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Dec
Index
Nov
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
23.8
22.5
+1.3
Increasing
46
35.7
52.4
11.9
Capacity Utilization
21.1
23.6
-2.5
Increasing
46
34.1
52.9
13.0
New Orders
29.8
21.8
+8.0
Increasing
46
39.9
50.0
10.1
Growth Rate of Orders
13.3
10.0
+3.3
Increasing
46
27.2
58.9
13.9
Unfilled Orders
4.6
-5.1
+9.7
Increasing
1
11.4
81.8
6.8
Shipments
24.8
18.1
+6.7
Increasing
46
36.6
51.6
11.8
Delivery Time
0.0
-9.0
+9.0
Unchanged
1
8.0
84.1
8.0
Materials Inventories
5.7
-4.0
+9.7
Increasing
1
19.3
67.0
13.6
Finished Goods Inventories
0.0
-6.1
+6.1
Unchanged
1
9.1
81.8
9.1
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
38.6
38.0
+0.6
Increasing
45
42.0
54.5
3.4
Prices Received for Finished Goods
17.3
28.0
-10.7
Increasing
6
25.3
66.7
8.0
Wages and Benefits
32.9
30.7
+2.2
Increasing
103
34.2
64.5
1.3
Employment
22.7
2.0
+20.7
Increasing
40
34.1
54.5
11.4
Hours Worked
5.0
7.1
-2.1
Increasing
45
12.6
79.8
7.6
Capital Expenditures
20.5
23.2
-2.7
Increasing
37
30.7
59.1
10.2
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Dec
Index
Nov
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
14.7
1.8
+12.9
Improving
44
27.6
59.5
12.9
7.9
-5.3
+13.2
Improving
1
21.8
64.3
13.9

*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 Emily Kerr at emily.kerr@dal.frb.org.

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