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Economy in Brief

Dallas Fed Factory Sector Activity Index Remains Stable
by Tom Moeller  October 27, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported that its October Composite index of factory sector activity remained fairly stable at 10.5 following its m/m gain in September to 10.8. Nevertheless, the index was improved greatly from prior years. The volume of new orders, inventories and capital expenditures improved sharply m/m, while company outlooks improved to the best level in six months. The prices received index continued to run sideways though the wages & benefits index dipped following sharp improvement since the middle of last year.

The reading of expected conditions in six months also held roughly steady m/m but was down from the earlier nine months. The production outlook remained down as did the new orders, shipments, wages & benefits and employee workweek outlooks.

The diffusion indexes are calculated as the percentage of total respondents reporting increases minus the percentage reporting declines. Firms are asked whether output, employment, orders, prices and other indicators increased, decreased or remained unchanged over the previous month. The data can be found in Haver's SURVEYS database.

Dallas Federal Reserve Manufacturing Survey (SA, Percent Balance) Oct Sep Aug Oct '13 2013 2012 2011
Business Activity Versus One Month Ago 10.5 10.8 7.1 4.0 2.2 -0.5 -0.5
   New Orders Volume 14.2 7.5 2.2 7.9 7.2 1.4 5.7
   Number of Employees 10.2 10.6 11.1 10.1 5.6 11.8 8.9
   Prices Received for Finished Goods 7.1 7.0 9.1 4.3 2.9 0.9 9.2
Business Activity in Six Months 13.3 12.1 18.7 9.5 11.0 7.6 10.0
   New Orders Volume 38.1 34.6 45.3 26.8 34.3 29.5 37.1
   Wages & Benefits 40.8 40.7 43.8 39.2 38.2 34.2 35.1
   Production 41.2 40.0 44.5 26.7 37.1 32.4 40.2
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