Tuesday, October 05, 2010

ISM Non-Manufacturing Report on Business: September 2010

Today, the Institute for Supply Management released their latest Non-Manufacturing Report on Business indicating that service related economic activity continued to expand but at a somewhat slower pace in September.

At 52.80 the business activity index weakened for the fourth consecutive month declining 2.94% since August and sliding 0.75% below the level seen a year earlier, the first year-over-year decline in 14 consecutive months.

It’s important to note though that only 3 of the 11 indicators cited in the report showed slowing growth since August while the "inventories" and “backlog of order” components actually contracted.