ISM Non-Manufacturing Index Falls Short of Estimates

May 11, 2018

The Institute of Supply Management’s measure of the non-manufacturing (service sector) slipped to 56.8 in April, two full points lower than March’s reading of 58.8.

While growth in U.S. non-manufacturing dropped in April, the economy still maintains its 99-month streak of the overall expansion.  Trade tensions were cited as one possible reason for April’s decline.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the service sector, and a reading below 50 signals contraction.

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