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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)
IndicatorJan IndexDec IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Production

11.9

14.8

–2.9

Increasing

7

31.2

49.4

19.3

Capacity Utilization

9.1

15.6

–6.5

Increasing

7

26.6

55.9

17.5

New Orders

15.7

10.1

+5.6

Increasing

3

36.0

43.7

20.3

Growth Rate of Orders

6.7

–1.1

+7.8

Increasing

1

26.2

54.2

19.5

Unfilled Orders

5.2

–2.3

+7.5

Increasing

1

17.4

70.3

12.2

Shipments

15.8

5.8

+10.0

Increasing

2

33.6

48.6

17.8

Delivery Time

–5.4

–7.9

+2.5

Decreasing

4

7.8

79.0

13.2

Materials Inventories

–5.3

–2.2

–3.1

Decreasing

18

17.8

59.1

23.1

Finished Goods Inventories

–8.8

–2.7

–6.1

Decreasing

3

14.9

61.4

23.7

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

30.8

30.0

+0.8

Increasing

11

31.3

68.2

0.5

Prices Received for Finished Goods

17.7

16.2

+1.5

Increasing

6

21.0

75.7

3.3

Wages and Benefits

20.8

19.8

+1.0

Increasing

86

22.3

76.2

1.5

Employment

6.1

–3.4

+9.5

Increasing

1

23.1

59.9

17.0

Hours Worked

9.1

3.1

+6.0

Increasing

3

23.2

62.7

14.1

Capital Expenditures

16.3

6.7

+9.6

Increasing

5

23.0

70.3

6.7

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

Company Outlook

25.0

19.4

+5.6

Improving

5

37.7

49.7

12.7

General Business Activity

22.1

17.7

+4.4

Improving

4

36.7

48.7

14.6

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

Production

53.9

54.8

–0.9

Increasing

95

61.9

30.1

8.0

Capacity Utilization

49.9

48.6

+1.3

Increasing

95

58.7

32.5

8.8

New Orders

55.2

48.0

+7.2

Increasing

95

61.8

31.5

6.6

Growth Rate of Orders

48.4

36.0

+12.4

Increasing

95

53.4

41.6

5.0

Unfilled Orders

16.6

10.9

+5.7

Increasing

16

22.6

71.4

6.0

Shipments

51.8

48.7

+3.1

Increasing

95

59.5

32.8

7.7

Delivery Time

4.4

5.7

–1.3

Increasing

2

11.2

82.1

6.8

Materials Inventories

3.7

1.9

+1.8

Increasing

2

19.5

64.7

15.8

Finished Goods Inventories

13.7

11.3

+2.4

Increasing

7

22.9

67.9

9.2

Prices Paid for Raw Materials

38.7

40.2

–1.5

Increasing

94

45.0

48.6

6.3

Prices Received for Finished Goods

32.8

26.0

+6.8

Increasing

12

37.3

58.2

4.5

Wages and Benefits

42.5

43.6

–1.1

Increasing

152

45.3

51.9

2.8

Employment

37.7

37.5

+0.2

Increasing

50

46.4

44.9

8.7

Hours Worked

14.3

14.2

+0.1

Increasing

8

23.5

67.2

9.2

Capital Expenditures

26.6

36.8

–10.2

Increasing

86

35.2

56.2

8.6

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

Company Outlook

48.8

47.1

+1.7

Improving

12

54.6

39.6

5.8

General Business Activity

43.7

42.5

+1.2

Improving

8

49.1

45.5

5.4

*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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