Business conditions continued to improve across the US manufacturing sector in August, albeit at a weaker pace. At 52.5, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained above the 50.0 neutral value, but fell from 53.3 in July to signal only a modest rate of improvement.
Weaker increases in both output and new orders were key factors weighing on the headline manufacturing PMI in the latest survey period.
Production volumes expanded at the slowest rate for 14 months in August, while new business growth weakened from July’s four-month high. Consequently, purchasing activity rose at a softer pace while firms also registered slower increases in inventory levels.
Latest data signalled a further pick up in the rate of input price inflation at US goods producers. Moreover, average cost burdens rose at a solid pace that was the quickest recorded for four months. According to panellists, higher prices for raw materials such as metals, oil and electrical components had contributed to higher production costs. However, factory gate charges continued to rise at only a modest pace.
Information courtesy IHS Markit.
Related Glossary Terms
Thin web or film of metal on a casting that occurs at die partings and around air vents and movable cores. This excess metal is due to necessary working and operating clearances in a die. Flash also is the excess material squeezed out of the cavity as a compression mold closes or as pressure is applied to the cavity.