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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

March 2013
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
9.9
6.2
+3.7
Increasing
16
21.7
66.5
11.8
Capacity Utilization
5.5
5.4
+0.1
Increasing
4
19.1
67.3
13.6
New Orders
8.7
2.8
+5.9
Increasing
3
26.4
55.9
17.7
Growth Rate of Orders
-3.2
-5.5
+2.3
Decreasing
4
14.6
67.5
17.8
Unfilled Orders
-5.6
-3.5
-2.1
Decreasing
9
8.7
77.0
14.3
Shipments
10.6
2.4
+8.2
Increasing
7
27.0
56.6
16.4
Delivery Time
2.2
0.0
+2.2
Increasing
1
8.7
84.8
6.5
Materials Inventories
2.2
-0.5
+2.7
Increasing
1
17.7
66.8
15.5
Finished Goods Inventories
9.9
4.2
+5.7
Increasing
2
20.9
68.1
11.0
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
19.1
15.8
+3.3
Increasing
44
22.5
74.1
3.4
Prices Received for Finished Goods
7.2
4.6
+2.6
Increasing
3
15.5
76.2
8.3
Wages and Benefits
18.5
12.9
+5.6
Increasing
40
20.3
77.9
1.8
Employment
2.6
2.0
+0.6
Increasing
3
16.2
70.2
13.6
Hours Worked
-2.4
-3.0
+0.6
Decreasing
2
11.9
73.8
14.3
Capital Expenditures
13.7
12.4
+1.3
Increasing
8
20.7
72.3
7.0
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
9.6
6.3
+3.3
Improving
4
19.5
70.6
9.9
7.4
2.2
+5.2
Improving
4
18.9
69.6
11.5
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
35.6
28.7
+6.9
Increasing
49
43.4
48.8
7.8
Capacity Utilization
32.7
27.7
+5.0
Increasing
49
38.8
55.1
6.1
New Orders
33.8
29.6
+4.2
Increasing
49
42.0
49.7
8.2
Growth Rate of Orders
25.8
24.3
+1.5
Increasing
49
33.2
59.4
7.4
Unfilled Orders
9.3
8.7
+0.6
Increasing
4
17.4
74.4
8.1
Shipments
35.1
30.6
+4.5
Increasing
49
40.7
53.7
5.6
Delivery Time
-2.9
-3.4
+0.5
Decreasing
14
7.3
82.5
10.2
Materials Inventories
5.8
15.2
-9.4
Increasing
4
20.9
64.0
15.1
Finished Goods Inventories
1.2
5.5
-4.3
Increasing
3
16.3
68.6
15.1
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
41.9
38.1
+3.8
Increasing
48
44.2
53.5
2.3
Prices Received for Finished Goods
23.2
13.2
+10.0
Increasing
9
26.7
69.8
3.5
Wages and Benefits
35.1
36.0
-0.9
Increasing
106
36.9
61.3
1.8
Employment
30.6
23.9
+6.7
Increasing
43
36.5
57.6
5.9
Hours Worked
5.1
1.8
+3.3
Increasing
6
14.5
76.1
9.4
Capital Expenditures
18.8
25.0
-6.2
Increasing
40
25.9
67.1
7.1
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
21.6
20.1
+1.5
Improving
47
32.3
57.0
10.7
15.5
10.8
+4.7
Improving
4
28.3
58.9
12.8

*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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