U.S. non-manufacturing grew in May for the 100th consecutive monthStaff Writer | June 5, 2018
Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in May for the 100th consecutive month, say the nation's purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
America The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased to 61.3 percent
"This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector at a faster rate.
"The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased to 61.3 percent, 2.2 percentage points higher than the April reading of 59.1 percent, reflecting growth for the 106th consecutive month, at a faster rate in May.
"The New Orders Index registered 60.5 percent, 0.5 percentage point higher than the reading of 60 percent in April.
"The Employment Index increased 0.5 percentage point in May to 54.1 percent from the April reading of 53.6 percent.
"The Prices Index increased by 2.5 percentage points from the April reading of 61.8 percent to 64.3 percent, indicating that prices increased in May for the 27th consecutive month.
"According to the NMI, 14 non-manufacturing industries reported growth. The majority of respondents are optimistic about business conditions and the overall economy.
"There continue to be concerns about the uncertainty surrounding tariffs, trade agreements and the impact on cost of goods sold." ■