U.S. NON-MANUFACTURING PMI -0.5 TO 55.7

The NMI™ registered 55.2 percent in January, 0.5 percentage point lower than the seasonally adjusted 55.7 percent registered in December. This indicates continued growth at a slightly slower rate in the non-manufacturing sector. The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index registered 56.4 percent, which is 4.4 percentage points lower than the seasonally adjusted 60.8 percent reported in December, reflecting growth for the 42nd consecutive month.

The New Orders Index decreased by 3.9 percentage points to 54.4 percent, and the Employment Index increased 2.2 percentage points to 57.5 percent, indicating growth in employment for the sixth consecutive month.

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Haver Analytics calculates an index using the ISM nonmanufacturing and the ISM manufacturing sector index. The figure was roughly unchanged m/m at 55.0. During the last ten years there has been a 74% correlation between the composite and the quarterly change in real GDP.

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