November 2011 Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: Inventories


ISM's Non-Manufacturing Inventories Index grew in November after one month of contraction. The index registered 52.5 percent, which is 7 percentage points higher than the 45.5 percent reading that was reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 24 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: "More orders, so higher raw materials inventories" and "Finally, inventories are in line with run rates."

The nine industries reporting an increase in inventories in November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Retail Trade; Management of Companies & Support Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Utilities; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The six industries reporting decreases in inventories in November — listed in order — are: Other Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Mining; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; and Accommodation & Food Services.


Nov 2011 20 65 15 52.5
Oct 2011 14 63 23 45.5
Sep 2011 19 65 16 51.5
Aug 2011 21 65 14 53.5

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