November 26, 2022

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ISM June services index 60.1 vs 63.5 expected

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ISM June service-sector survey

ISM services
  • Prior was 64.0
  • activity/production 60.1 versus 66.2 last month
  • employment 49.3 from 55.3 last month
  • new orders 62.1 from 63.9 last month
  • prices paid 79.5 from 80.6 last month
  • order backlog 65.8 versus 61.1 last month
  • export orders 50.7 versus 60.0 last month
  • import 58.2 versus 50.4 last month
  • supplier deliveries 68.5 versus 70.4 last month
  • Full report

This is a disappointing miss and worst than the lowest estimate. It’s still easily in expansionary territory but is the lowest since February.

Comments in the report:

  • “Our restaurants are quickly – maybe too quickly – returning to 2019
    sales levels. Strong consumer demand for dining out is clearly evident
    as COVID-19 restrictions ease, but the challenges are supply chain
    outages, logistics delays and employee- and management-staffing
    constraints. Some locations cannot open for business or (have) limited
    hours, as we cannot staff the restaurant to meet consumer demand.”
    [Accommodation & Food Services]
  • “Severe supply chain disruptions and inflation are continuing in the
    marketplace, in all sectors.” [Arts, Entertainment & Recreation]
  • “COVID-19 continues to cause troubles for all of our deliveries, as
    well as short supply a lot of materials. (Shortages of) lumber, copper,
    and steel continue, which is driving up pricing and lead times.”
    [Construction]
  • “The declining positive test rates for COVID-19 is already having a
    significant impact, as virtually all aspects of our operations are
    picking up rapidly. The summer is normally the slow period, as limited
    teaching is taking place, but this year, preparations for the fall
    semester are already underway.” [Educational Services]
  • “New business is actively trending up locally, nationally and internationally.” [Finance & Insurance]
  • “We continue to see a high (patient) census as COVID-19 restrictions
    are eased, but the volumes are not pandemic related. There are more
    patients now because they wouldn’t or couldn’t get treatment because of
    restrictions on (non-COVID-19) care or personal cautiousness.” [Health
    Care & Social Assistance]
  • “Employees globally are returning to the office where possible. We
    expect to have most employees in the office starting in September.”
    [Information]
  • “Business conditions continue to rebound; however, like everywhere,
    the challenges in the supply chain are numerous. We continue to see cost
    increases, delayed shipments, pushed-out lead times, and no clarity as
    to when predictive balance returns to this market.” [Retail Trade]
  • “Labor market remains tight, and wages have risen at an
    unprecedented rate. We are expecting a long-term effect on pricing of
    services.” [Transportation & Warehousing]
  • “Overall business activity in the month has been strong. We are
    seeing increased orders and slight improvements in backlogs. The primary
    headwinds this month continue to be very expensive ocean freight rates,
    increasing business costs and increasing raw-materials costs. The top
    line is not outrunning expenses.” [Wholesale Trade]
  • “Starting to see a lot of commodity-price increases for chemicals,
    acidizing and cementing. This is driven by product cost increases
    stemming from low production from plants.” [Mining]

The comments highlight margin pressures.

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