USA Richmond Fed, Regional surveys of business activity composite index from 2011 until Nov 2012

Chart the Richmond Fed, Regional surveys of business activity until Nov 2012.

-About a survey-
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is one of the 12 districts of the United States Federal Reserve, and announcing this survey on Tuesday of the fourth week.

Economic indicators showing the sentiment in the manufacturing sector (such as North Carolina and Virginia) jurisdictions.

About 220 companies are the target.

Of these, around 100 have been sent back every month.

This survey has composed from Sentiment index, Shipments, New orders, Order backlogs, capacity utilization, procurement time, the number of employees, average weekly working hours, wages and more than one index.

Jurisdiction of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, accounting for approximately 9.1% of the total production in the United States.

The transitions of the Composite index, SMA and the Bollinger band.

The composite index of Nov has increased 16 points from -7 of Oct.

- Breakdown of November 2012 -

Shipments increased +11 points, became 20.

New Orders increased +17 points, became +11.

Employment index increased +8 points, became +3.

These indices has risen significantly.

Capacity utilization index increased +1 points, became -3.

Backlog index declined 6 points, became -9.

Delivery index increased +2, became 0.

Raw materials inventory index declined -2 points, became 21.

Finished goods index increased +4 points, became 19.

Six-month business outlook for the future was the most optimistic in November.

Contacts at more firms anticipated that shipments, new orders, backlogs, vendor lead-times and capital expenditures will grow more quickly than anticipated a month ago.

Survey assessments of current prices revealed that growth in both raw materials and finished goods prices grew at a somewhat slower rate than a month ago. Over the next six months, respondents expected growth in both raw materials and finished goods prices at a slightly slower pace than they had anticipated a month earlier.

Details(JPN) from 1993 are here.

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