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March 2014 PMI Report Shows Increase

by: Smith and Howard

April 1, 2014

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The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) Report is underwritten by the Manufacturing and Distribution Group of Smith & Howard, an Atlanta accounting and advisory firm, and is produced monthly by the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University.
 
Georgia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) — a reading of economic activity in the state’s manufacturing sector — rose by 5.8 points from 56.7 to 62.5 in March.  

Some general remarks from the March respondents:

“Weather conditions had a negative impact on our business volume during this period.”
“The sanctions on Russia could impact the metals markets.”
“We see the overall construction market moving and building beginning to increase. We continue to believe that overall business will be up 8-10% this year.”

Other highlights of the March PMI include:  

  • New orders were up 7.7 points, to 66.1 
  • Production was up 13.7 points, to 67.9
  • Employment was up 8.0 points, to 64.3
  • Supplier delivery time was down 7.4 points, to 57.1
  • Finished inventory was up 7.1 points, to 57.1
  • Commodity prices were up 3.3 points, to 55.4

The Georgia PMI provides a snapshot of manufacturing activity in the state, just as the monthly PMI released by the Institute for Supply Management provides a picture of national manufacturing activity. The national PMI was up 0.5 points in March, to 53.7. A PMI reading above 50 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding; a reading below 50 indicates it is contracting.
   
The Georgia PMI reading is a composite of five variables — new orders, production, employment, supply deliveries and finished inventory. A sixth variable, commodity prices, is compiled by the Coles College’s Econometric Center but does not go into the PMI calculation.
   
The PMI, compiled from a monthly survey of manufacturers, is the earliest indicator of market conditions in the sector. Since manufacturing, which accounts for 11 percent of GDP, is sensitive to changes in the economy, it can also reveal changing macroeconomic trends.
   
The PMI’s value is in its timeliness and sensitivity to variables such as interest rates, global markets and other economic changes. The Georgia PMI provides valuable data used by institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to assist in their analysis of current economic conditions, along with many other data sources, to get a picture of economic activity.
  
Read the entire report by clicking the PDF link at the top of this article.

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