The August 2018 results for the Empire State Manufacturing Survey once again indicate robust growth. Results have been overwhelmingly positive since the start of 2018. This is great news for Manufacturers in the Hudson Valley, and the optimistic projections for the future imply more good news is on the way.
Business activity remained robust in New York State, according to firms responding to the August 2018 Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The headline general business conditions index climbed three points to 25.6. New orders and shipments grew strongly, and firms reported an increase in unfilled orders. Delivery times continued to lengthen, and inventories held steady. Labor market indicators pointed to solid gains in employment and longer workweeks. Price indexes were little changed and remained elevated, indicating ongoing significant price increases. Looking ahead, firms stepped up their capital spending plans and were fairly optimistic about the six-month outlook.