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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

October 2012
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Oct
Index
Sep
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
7.9
10.0
-2.1
Increasing
11
28.1
51.7
20.2
Capacity Utilization
11.4
9.3
+2.1
Increasing
11
26.8
57.8
15.4
New Orders
-4.5
5.3
-9.8
Decreasing
1
22.4
50.7
26.9
Growth Rate of Orders
-13.5
-0.4
-13.1
Decreasing
4
15.0
56.5
28.5
Unfilled Orders
-16.5
-6.9
-9.6
Decreasing
4
10.8
61.9
27.3
Shipments
4.7
4.5
+0.2
Increasing
2
28.3
48.2
23.6
Delivery Time
-11.9
-8.2
-3.7
Decreasing
3
7.9
72.3
19.8
Materials Inventories
-6.8
0.2
-7.0
Decreasing
1
20.6
52.0
27.4
Finished Goods Inventories
-8.9
-3.1
-5.8
Decreasing
2
11.9
67.3
20.8
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
35.6
22.5
+13.1
Increasing
39
42.2
51.2
6.6
Prices Received for Finished Goods
4.2
-1.3
+5.5
Increasing
1
17.5
69.2
13.3
Wages and Benefits
11.0
15.4
-4.4
Increasing
35
12.8
85.4
1.8
Employment
5.2
5.9
-0.7
Increasing
24
15.1
75.0
9.9
Hours Worked
-5.9
2.8
-8.7
Decreasing
1
13.1
67.9
19.0
Capital Expenditures
9.9
8.6
+1.3
Increasing
3
17.9
74.1
8.0
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Oct
Index
Sep
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
2.4
2.4
0.0
Improving
6
19.1
64.2
16.7
1.8
-0.9
+2.7
Improving
1
22.6
56.6
20.8
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Oct
Index
Sep
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
30.3
26.4
+3.9
Increasing
44
41.4
47.5
11.1
Capacity Utilization
30.4
24.5
+5.9
Increasing
44
40.6
49.1
10.2
New Orders
24.8
25.3
-0.5
Increasing
44
37.1
50.6
12.3
Growth Rate of Orders
17.0
4.2
+12.8
Increasing
44
31.2
54.6
14.2
Unfilled Orders
0.0
-6.5
+6.5
Unchanged
1
10.3
79.4
10.3
Shipments
32.4
26.9
+5.5
Increasing
44
43.5
45.3
11.1
Delivery Time
-2.0
-5.4
+3.4
Decreasing
7
8.2
81.6
10.2
Materials Inventories
10.2
-1.1
+11.3
Increasing
1
26.5
57.1
16.3
Finished Goods Inventories
0.0
-6.5
+6.5
Unchanged
1
15.5
69.1
15.5
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
37.1
47.3
-10.2
Increasing
43
40.2
56.7
3.1
Prices Received for Finished Goods
18.4
21.7
-3.3
Increasing
4
28.6
61.2
10.2
Wages and Benefits
33.8
34.4
-0.6
Increasing
101
35.3
63.2
1.5
Employment
21.4
15.1
+6.3
Increasing
38
30.6
60.2
9.2
Hours Worked
9.7
0.2
+9.5
Increasing
43
16.7
76.3
7.0
Capital Expenditures
21.7
20.6
+1.1
Increasing
35
32.0
57.7
10.3
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Oct
Index
Sep
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
20.9
9.2
+11.7
Improving
42
32.5
55.9
11.6
16.8
5.5
+11.3
Improving
2
31.9
53.0
15.1

*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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