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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey


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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorNov IndexOct IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Production

8.8

6.7

+2.1

Increasing

5

28.8

51.2

20.0

Capacity Utilization

3.6

0.8

+2.8

Increasing

5

23.2

57.2

19.6

New Orders

–1.4

–3.5

+2.1

Decreasing

3

26.4

45.8

27.8

Growth Rate of Orders

–0.8

–5.1

+4.3

Decreasing

3

22.3

54.6

23.1

Unfilled Orders

–2.5

–7.5

+5.0

Decreasing

24

12.4

72.7

14.9

Shipments

–1.9

1.9

–3.8

Decreasing

1

22.4

53.3

24.3

Delivery Time

–3.1

–1.2

–1.9

Decreasing

2

7.2

82.5

10.3

Materials Inventories

–4.3

–5.5

+1.2

Decreasing

16

13.9

67.9

18.2

Finished Goods Inventories

–6.3

1.8

–8.1

Decreasing

1

17.1

59.5

23.4

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

18.2

13.7

+4.5

Increasing

8

20.1

78.0

1.9

Prices Received for Finished Goods

8.0

1.2

+6.8

Increasing

2

12.4

83.2

4.4

Wages and Benefits

18.4

16.4

+2.0

Increasing

84

18.4

81.6

0.0

Employment

4.5

0.2

+4.3

Increasing

3

17.2

70.1

12.7

Hours Worked

2.5

–1.8

+4.3

Increasing

1

18.7

65.1

16.2

Capital Expenditures

2.0

8.7

–6.7

Increasing

3

11.4

79.2

9.4

General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorIndexOct IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

11.0

1.8

+9.2

Improving

3

26.4

58.2

15.4

General Business Activity

10.2

–1.5

+11.7

Improving

1

22.5

65.2

12.3

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorNov IndexOct IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Production

52.3

33.0

+19.3

Increasing

93

57.4

37.5

5.1

Capacity Utilization

46.4

32.8

+13.6

Increasing

93

52.1

42.2

5.7

New Orders

48.1

32.2

+15.9

Increasing

93

53.8

40.5

5.7

Growth Rate of Orders

42.4

23.5

+18.9

Increasing

93

47.2

47.9

4.8

Unfilled Orders

14.3

0.7

+13.6

Increasing

14

20.1

74.1

5.8

Shipments

44.3

26.5

+17.8

Increasing

93

52.0

40.3

7.7

Delivery Time

–2.9

–5.6

+2.7

Decreasing

4

8.2

80.7

11.1

Materials Inventories

11.3

0.9

+10.4

Increasing

3

24.5

62.3

13.2

Finished Goods Inventories

3.8

0.9

+2.9

Increasing

5

16.3

71.2

12.5

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

34.2

25.9

+8.3

Increasing

92

35.2

63.8

1.0

Prices Received for Finished Goods

31.1

14.0

+17.1

Increasing

10

34.9

61.3

3.8

Wages and Benefits

40.4

36.4

+4.0

Increasing

150

41.5

57.4

1.1

Employment

30.6

14.2

+16.4

Increasing

48

37.3

56.0

6.7

Hours Worked

19.2

2.8

+16.4

Increasing

6

23.8

71.6

4.6

Capital Expenditures

30.4

14.0

+16.4

Increasing

84

37.1

56.2

6.7

General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorIndexOct IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

34.9

12.2

+22.7

Improving

10

43.5

47.8

8.6

General Business Activity

31.6

4.8

+26.8

Improving

6

40.9

49.9

9.3

*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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