Big Miss in ISM Non-Manufacturing Report Indicates Sagging Services Sector

by: TraderMark

Wow, quite a doozy this morning from the ISM Non-Manufacturingfigure - 52.8. This is a huge drop from 57.3 in March, and way below expectations of 57.8. While Monday's ISM Manufacturing gets all the press, that is only 11% of the economy, whereas the service sector dominates. We will have to see in 30 days if this was an anomaly of some sort. New orders were obliterated. Prices paid dropped from 72.1 to 70.1 - interesting how this report is the polar opposite of manufacturing. (For those new to these reports, above 50 = expansion, below 50 = contraction.)

On the plus side, the slowdown in many economic figures the past 8 weeks sets us up well for QE3! Booyah!

Full report here.

What respondents are saying:

  • "Business conditions [remain] unchanged. No supply impact from the Japan earthquake/tsunami, but continue to track with the supply base." (Management of Companies & Support Services)
  • "Revenues are picking up slowly, but the growth is positive as compared to last month and the same month last year." (Real Estate, Rental & Leasing)
  • "Looking forward with reserved caution. Cost of goods by this fall are a big worry." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Continuing economic uncertainty will curtail or delay project spending for the immediate future." (Educational Services)
  • "Fuel prices continue to be challenging and in addition to shipping, are influencing the cost of materials." (Public Administration)
  • "We are seeing price increases in many areas, and the lead times are stretching out. Our business activities are improving at a moderate rate." (Wholesale Trade)

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