ISMNov2014Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th  consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month,  say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD,  chair of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Manufacturing Business  Survey Committee.  The November PMI® registered 58.7 percent, a decrease  of 0.3 percentage point from October’s reading of 59 percent, indicating  continued expansion in manufacturing.

The New Orders Index registered 66  percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the reading of 65.8  percent in October.

The Production Index registered 64.4 percent, 0.4 percentage  point below the October reading of 64.8 percent.

The Employment Index grew  for the 17th consecutive month, registering 54.9 percent, a decrease of 0.6  percentage point below the October reading of 55.5 percent.

Inventories of raw  materials registered 51.5 percent, a decrease of 1 percentage point from the  October reading of 52.5 percent.

The Prices Index registered 44.5 percent,  down 9 percentage points from the October reading of 53.5 percent,  indicating lower raw materials prices in November relative to October.

Comments  from the panel are upbeat about strong demand and new orders, with some  expressing concerns about West Coast port slowdowns and the threat of a  potential dock strike.