The ISM Customers' Inventories Index registered 49.5% in September 2012, which is 0.5 percentage point higher than in August 2012 when the index registered 49%. Customers' inventories have registered at or below 50% for 42 consecutive months. A reading below 50% indicates customers' inventories are considered too low.
The five manufacturing industries reporting customers' inventories as being too high during September 2012 are: Apparel, Leather & Allied Products; Printing & Related Support Activities; Primary Metals; Electrical Equipment, Appliances & Components and Chemical Products.
The six industries reporting customers' inventories as too low during September 2012 listed in order are: Paper Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Machinery; Transportation Equipment; Computer & Electronic Products and Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products.
Six industries reported no change in Customers' Inventories in September 2012 as compared to August 2012.
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Source - Institute for Supply Management