Research & Data

Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

April 2013
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
-0.5
9.9
-10.4
Decreasing
1
20.2
59.1
20.7
Capacity Utilization
2.7
5.5
-2.8
Increasing
5
19.9
62.9
17.2
New Orders
-4.9
8.7
-13.6
Decreasing
1
22.3
50.5
27.2
Growth Rate of Orders
-12.0
-3.2
-8.8
Decreasing
5
11.5
65.0
23.5
Unfilled Orders
-7.9
-5.6
-2.3
Decreasing
10
11.0
70.1
18.9
Shipments
-0.4
10.6
-11.0
Decreasing
1
19.6
60.4
20.0
Delivery Time
-6.4
2.2
-8.6
Decreasing
1
3.2
87.2
9.6
Materials Inventories
7.7
2.2
+5.5
Increasing
2
19.7
68.3
12.0
Finished Goods Inventories
2.1
9.9
-7.8
Increasing
3
13.8
74.5
11.7
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
2.5
19.1
-16.6
Increasing
45
18.0
66.5
15.5
Prices Received for Finished Goods
-3.0
7.2
-10.2
Decreasing
1
12.0
73.0
15.0
Wages and Benefits
17.7
18.5
-0.8
Increasing
41
20.2
77.3
2.5
Employment
6.3
2.6
+3.7
Increasing
4
19.9
66.5
13.6
Hours Worked
-6.5
-2.4
-4.1
Decreasing
3
12.1
69.2
18.6
Capital Expenditures
4.2
13.7
-9.5
Increasing
9
13.2
77.8
9.0
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
-2.2
9.6
-11.8
Worsening
1
13.1
71.6
15.3
-15.6
7.4
-23.0
Worsening
1
5.8
72.8
21.4
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
32.8
35.6
-2.8
Increasing
50
43.2
46.4
10.4
Capacity Utilization
29.0
32.7
-3.7
Increasing
50
36.5
56.0
7.5
New Orders
32.4
33.8
-1.4
Increasing
50
41.2
49.9
8.8
Growth Rate of Orders
18.8
25.8
-7.0
Increasing
50
26.6
65.6
7.8
Unfilled Orders
6.8
9.3
-2.5
Increasing
5
13.5
79.8
6.7
Shipments
29.0
35.1
-6.1
Increasing
50
38.4
52.2
9.4
Delivery Time
-2.8
-2.9
+0.1
Decreasing
15
7.9
81.4
10.7
Materials Inventories
2.2
5.8
-3.6
Increasing
5
14.6
73.0
12.4
Finished Goods Inventories
2.2
1.2
+1.0
Increasing
4
14.4
73.3
12.2
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
31.1
41.9
-10.8
Increasing
49
34.4
62.2
3.3
Prices Received for Finished Goods
13.4
23.2
-9.8
Increasing
10
21.3
70.8
7.9
Wages and Benefits
38.2
35.1
+3.1
Increasing
107
38.3
61.6
0.1
Employment
22.2
30.6
-8.4
Increasing
44
28.9
64.4
6.7
Hours Worked
-3.1
5.1
-8.2
Decreasing
1
11.7
73.5
14.8
Capital Expenditures
13.4
18.8
-5.4
Increasing
41
25.8
61.8
12.4
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Apr
Index
Mar
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
6.0
21.6
-15.6
Improving
48
19.3
67.4
13.3
-6.7
15.5
-22.2
Worsening
1
10.7
71.9
17.4

*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.

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