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Current industrial reports
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Manufacturers' shipments, inventories, and orders
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Language:
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United States -- Bureau of the Census. -- Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Branch
United States -- Bureau of the Census
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Oct. 1963-
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Prepared by: Bureau of the Census, Industry Division, Manufactures' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Branch, 1963-1964; issued by: U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census, <2000->
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Full Text


CURRENT INDUSTRIAL REPORTS


'4tcs o
U.S. Department of Commerce
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS


FOR WIR
(All figures in text bel(


Mr. Tlelsdary,
current dollars.)


,Tulv 1, 19RO


New orders for manufactured goods in May declined $3.91
billion or 2.6 percent to $139.3 billion the Department of
Commerce, Bureau of the Census reported today. This is the
lowest order volume recorded since April 1979 and the fourth
consecutive monthly decline. New orders in April were down
5.9 percent, in March 1.6 percent, and in February 0.6 percent.
New orders for durable goods dropped $4.8 billion or 6.6
percent to $67.4 billion. All industries except nonelectrical
machinery, and instruments and related products reported
decreases.
Orders for transportation equipment showed the largest
order decline, down $3.1 billion or 17.8 percent to $14.4 billion.
Three-fourths of that decline was accounted for by the aircraft
industry where after a 54 percent increase in April, new orders
dropped to $6.2 billion, a 28 percent decline. Without the
aircraft industry, transportation equipment orders were still
down significantly with an 8.2 percent decline.
In the primary metals area, steel orders fell for the third
consecutive month, decreasing $0.8 billion or 18.6 percent. The
value of incoming steel orders for May was $3.4 billion, sub-
stantially lower than the value of shipments for the month
of $4.7 billion. New orders for fabricated metal products, which
have also been declining since the beginning of March, fell $0.8
billion or 9.5 percent to $8.0 billion.
The increase in new orders for nonelectrical machinery was
$1.5 billion or 12.6 percent. This followed a sharp decline in
April of 16.8 percent.
For the capital goods industries, new orders for nondefense
capital goods were down $2.0 billion or 9.1 percent to $20.1
billion. Changes in new orders reported by industries comprising
that category showed mixed patterns. The large decline in
commercial aircraft was partially offset by the increase in
nonelectrical machinery. Orders for defense capital goods,
which are usually volatile on a month-to-month basis, increased
for the fourth consecutive month. The May increase of 6.7
percent followed increases of 7.7 percent in April, 24.8 percent
in March, and 9.8 percent in February.
New orders for nondurable goods increased $1.0 billion or
1.4 percent to $71.9 billion.
The value of manufacturers' shipments in May declined for
the third consecutive month, down $1.8 billion or 1.3 percent
to $141.8 billion. A more substantial decline for the durable
goods industries of $2.7 billion or 3.8 percent was partially


. by the increase in nondurable goods shipments of $0.9
billion or 1.3 percent.
The shipments declines in the durable goods industries
were widespread. The motor vehicle industry reported a $1.0
billion decline, an 11.8 percent drop from April. For the last
12 months, shipments by this industry have fallen from $12.0
billion in May 1979 to the current volume of $7.3 billion, an
average of 3.3 percent per month. Shipments in the steel
industry also continued to drop, as producers reported a decline
of $0.7 billion or 13.3 percent to $4.7 billion. The only major
industries reporting shipments increases were electrical and
nonelectrical machinery, and instruments and related products.
Increases of 2.0 percent in the total machinery category and
2.9 percent in the instruments category followed substantial
declines in April of 4.7 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively.
Shipments by the nondurable goods industries increased
$0.9 billion or 1.3 percent to $72.3 billion, following the April
decline of 3.7 percent. A $1.0 billion or 5.5 percent increase
in the foods industry and a $0.5 billion increase in petroleum
products more than offset small declines in nearly all other
categories.
The value of manufacturers' unfilled orders dropped $2.5
billion or 0.9 percent in May to $284.0 billion, following an
April decline of 0.2 percent. Prior to the April decline, the last
decrease was 0.6 percent in August 1976. The only major
industries not contributing to the decline in backlog were
aircraft (up 2.2 percent) and electrical machinery (up 0.4
percent) in the durable goods area, and paper and allied products
(up 3.5 percent) in the nondurable goods area.
The book value of manufacturers' inventories showed an in-
crease of $0.6 billion or 0.2 percent to $243.1 billion. This
increase is relatively small compared to the April increase of
1.7 percent. But with the decline in manufacturers' shipments,
the ratio of inventory to shipments edged up another 3 points
to 1.71, the highest since December 1975.
The figures on the durable goods industries in this report
supersede those issued earlier in the advance report on durable
goods. The present report is based on more complete reporting,
but the estimates are also considered preliminary. Final figures
will appear as historical data in the report to be published for
next month. The advance report on durable goods for June is
scheduled for release on July 22, 1980, and the full report is
scheduled for release on July 31, 1980.


Address inquiries concerning these figures to U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Industry Division, Washington, D.C. 2Uz23,or cal
Ruth Runyan or Kathleen Swindell, (301) 763-2502.
For sale by the Subscriber Services Section (Publications), Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233, or any U.S. Department of Commerce district
office. Postage stamsp not acceptable; currency submitted at sender's risk. Remittances from foreign countries must be by international money order or
by a draft on a U.S. bank. Price 30 cents per copy, $3.60 per year.


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Table 6. MANUFACTURERS' SHIPMENTS, INVENTORIES, AND ORDERS ENTH-TO-MNTH AND LONG TERM PERCENT CHANGES

(Based on seasonally adjusted data)

Month-to-month Average monthly rates of change Average, 1975-1979


Item and industry group Apr.- Mar.- Feb.- 3 months 12 months
May Apr. Mar. Average Average
1980 1980 1980 Feb.-May Nov. 1979- Aug.-Nov. May 1979- rise decline
1980 Feb. 1980 1979 May 1980


Shipments:
All manufacturing industries......... -1.3 -4.3 -1.8 -2.5 +2.0 +0.4 +0.2 +1.6 -1.2
Durable goods industries, total........ -3.8 -4.9 -4.1 -4.3 +2.4 -0.3 -0.6 +1.9 -1.9
Nondurable goods industries, total..... +1.3 -3.7 .0.6 -0.6 +1.5 +1.1 +0.8 +1.6 -0.7

Total inventories:
All manufacturing industries......... +0.2 +1.7 +1.5 +1.1 +1.3 +1.2 +1.3 +0.7 -0.3

New orders:
All manufacturing industries......... -2.6 -5.9 -1.6 -3.4 +1.7 +0.8 -0.2 +1.9 -1.2
Durable goods industries, total........ -6.6 -6.9 -4.3 -5.9 +2.2 .0.5 -1.0 +2.8 -2.0
Nondurable goods industries, total..... +1.4 -4.9 +1.3 -0.7 +1.2 +1.1 +0.7 +1.5 -0.7

Unfilled orders:
Durable goods industries, total........ -0.7 +0.0 0.6 -0.0 +1.0 +0.8 +0.6 +1.2 -0.9











Table 7. RATIO OF MANUFACTURERS' INVENTORIES TO SHIPMENTS AND UNFILLED ORDERS TO SHIPMENTS, BY INDUSTRY GROUP

(based on seasonally adjusted data)

Invens r o Unfilled orders--shipments ratio'
Inventories--shipments ratio (months' backlog)
(months' backlog)
Industry group
May Apr. Mar. Feb. May Apr. Mar. Feb.
1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980 1980


All manufacturing industries, total.... 1.71 1.69 1.59 1.54 3.84 3.75 3.62 3.53

Durable goods industries, total.............. 2.31 2.21 2.07 1.96 4.62 4.49 4.30 4.17
Stone, clay, and glass products............ 1.64 1.54 1.54 1.36 0.85 0.81 0.86 0.78
Primary metals..................... ........... 2.04 1.83 1.67 1.59 2.51 2.46 2.42 2.38
Fabricated metals........................... 2.39 2.16 2.09 1.99 3.75 3.42 3.38 3.18-
Machinery, except electrical............... 2.86 2.89 2.68 2.62 4.61 4.69 4.59 4.55
Electrical machinery........................ 2.17 2.23 2.09 2.04 3.87 3.93 3.67 3.55
Transportation equipment................... 2.39 2.25 2.10 1.93 13.45 13.05 12.32 12.35
Instruments and related products............ 2.49 2.54 2.26 2.25 1.90 1.95 1.77 1.77

Nondurable goods industries, total........... 1.14 1.16 1.10 1.08 0.74 0.76 0.79 0.77
Food and kindred products................... 100 1.06 1.00 1.02 (X) (X) X) (X)
Tobacco products............................ 3.01 2.89 3.37 3.06 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Textile mill products....................... 1.52 1.47 1.46 1.38 (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA)
Paper and allied products....... I .......... 131 1.27 1.24 1.22 (NA) (NA) (NA) (NA)
Chemicals and allied products.............. 1.51 1.48 1.36 1.36 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Petroleum and coal products................ 0.57 0.59 0.54 0.51 (X) (X) (X) (X)
Rubber and plastics products, n.e.c....... 148 1.45 1.36 1.26 (X) (X) (X) (X)

(NA) Not available. PPreliminary. rRevised. (X) Not applicable.
IExcludes the following industries with no unfilled orders: Wood and lumber products; glass containers; metal cans, barrels and drums; farm
machinery and equipment; motor vehicle assembly operation; other transportation equipment; foods and related products; tobacco; apparel and related
products; building paper; die-cut paper and board; chemicals; petroleum and coal products; and rubber and plastics products, n.e.c.








The following is a description of the survey and definitions
used. These are provided to clarify the meaning of the items
involved and do not represent any revisions from those
definitions previously employed.




DESCRIPTION OF SURVEY


The Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey
(M3-1) provides monthly figures that are comparable to the
annual totals published each year in the Annual Survey of
Manufactures (ASM). The ASM is a probability sample of
approximately 70,000 manufacturing establishments drawn
from the most recent 5-year census universe of about 312,000
establishments. In the ASM, each manufacturing establishment
provides data on employment, payrolls, shipments, cost of
materials, capital expenditures, and inventories as well as other
selected items. Until 1976, the ASM did not compile inform-
ation on unfilled orders or new orders. Since the ASM is
establishment based, it provides data for each of the 425
manufacturing industries in the Standard Industrial Classifi-
cation (SIC) system and area data for industry groups.
The estimates presented in the M3 report are based on a
sample panel of approximately 5,000 reporting units, consisting
of virtually all manufacturing companies with 1,000 or more
employees and additional medium-sized companies that
strengthen the sample coverage in individual industry cells. The
reporting unit for many medium- or single-line companies
comprises all operations of the company. Many of the larger
diversified companies file separate divisional reports for their
operations in different industries, although this divisional
reporting is not followed by all large companies.
Each reporting unit in the monthly panel is classified into
one of 79 industry classifications for tabulation. Many of the
reporting units included mixed industry activity even within the
broad industry categories of the monthly survey. However, the
survey estimating procedure assumes that the month-to-month
changes of the reporting units classified in each industry
category effectively represent the month-to-month movements
of the establishments in the SIC industries which make up the
category. This ratio estimating procedure is used for all items
compiled in the survey except for new orders which is discussed
separately below.
The M3 series is periodically benchmarked to the ASM for
shipments and inventories. The most recent benchmark was for
1974 through 1976 and issued in the report M3-1.7 released in
March 1978. In the absence of benchmark data for unfilled
orders, levels were set in August 1962 based upon the ratio of
unfilled orders to sales for companies reporting in the M3. These
levels were reset as of December 1973 in the M3-1.6 benchmark
publication released in December 1976.
The M3 data are subject to some limitations primarily
resulting from the relatively small sample used to develop the
estimates and the use of divisional and company reports to
extrapolate establishment based data. Precise measurement of
these limitations based on estimates of the sampling errors is
not available. In addition to the general limitations of M3 survey
data, the estimated levels of unfilled orders are subject to
further limitations due to the assumptions made in developing
these levels, the definition of unfilled orders, and response


difficulties. These limitations are discussed in greater detail on
pages i-iv in the introductory chapter of the latest benchmark
publication mentioned above. Generally, the limitations to the
unfilled orders data primarily apply to the absolute level of
unfilled orders and, to a much lesser extent, to the month-to-
month change in unfilled orders. Since this month-to-month
change in unfilled orders is used to develop the monthly
estimates of new orders, the estimates of new orders are subject
to fewer limitations than the unfilled orders estimates.






EXPLANATION OF TERMS

Value of Shipments-Shipments in the monthly survey are
equivalent to value of shipments as reported in the ASM which
are received or receivable net selling values, f.o.b. plant, after
discounts and allowances and excluding freight charges and
excise taxes. Included in shipments are the value of all products
sold, transferred to other plants of the same company, or
shipped on consignment.
Shipments also include receipts of establishments in the
industry for contract work performed for other, resales, receipts
for miscellaneous activities such as the sale of scrap and refuse;
value of installation and repair work performed by employees of
the plant; and value of research and development performed at
the plant. In the ship building industry the value of work done
in a given year varies considerably from the value of shipments
because of the long lead time between the input of the materials
and labor and the shipments of the completed ship. In the
annual survey, therefore, the value of work done during the year
is requested rather than the value of shipments. Value of work
done is also reported by aircraft and missile producers working
on cost-plus contracts.
The value of shipments figures developed from the ASM
contain duplication at the all manufacturing and industry group
levels since the products of some industries are used as materials
by other industries within the industry group. With the
exception of motor vehicles, it is not significant at the 4-digit
SIC group level. Since the M3-1 industry categories typically are
groupings of industries, this duplication is significant for all the
manufacturing, durable goods and nondurable goods categories
and the various market groups. The significance of the dupli-
cation within the specific M3-1 industry groups varies depending
on the 4-digit industry composition of these groups. It is most
pronounced in a few highly integrated industry areas such as
primary metals and motor vehicles and parts.
Since most monthly reports are for the entire company or
major divisions rather than establishments, the companies are
requested to report net sales, i.e., total company billings after
discounts and allowances. Companies which file divisional
reports are requested to treat transfers from the division of the
company to another as if they were net sales to outside
customers. Although this definition of shipments in the
monthly reports differs from that used in the annual establish-
ment reports, it is assumed that the month-to-month changes in
company sales in the industry are representative of the
month-to-month shipments of the establishments in the indus-
try.







Inventories-End-of-month inventories in the monthly survey
are identical in definition to the end-of-year inventories in the
ASM. In the ASM, respondents are asked to report inventories
of individual establishments at approximate current cost if
feasible; otherwise, "at book values." Since different methods
of inventory valuation are used (LIFO, FIFO, etc.), the
definition of the aggregate inventories for establishments in an
industry is not precise. The figures on the change in inventories
from one period to the next are of greater significance than the
actual aggregates.
Inventories are reported by stage of fabrication: (a) finished
goods; (b) work in process; and (c) materials, supplies, fuel, and
other inventories. In using inventories by stage of fabrication at
the all manufacturing and 2-digit industry levels as well as for
the durable and nondurable goods sectors, it should be noted
that a finished product of one industry may be a raw material
for another industry at the next stage of fabrication. Insofar as
the durable and nondurable goods sectors and also the 2-digit
industry groups contain industries with successive stages of
processing, the same type of commodity may be included under
different inventory categories in the aggregate statistics.

New Orders and Unfilled Orders-The unfilled orders shown
in this publication represent the net sales value of goods on
order which have not been shipped. They are net of cancell-
ations and include all adjustments resulting from contract


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change documents. Only those orders supported by binding
legal documents such as signed contracts or letter contracts are
included. Some large defense contracts are authorized and
funded in several stages. Only the funded portion of such
contracts are included in these figures.
New orders are not calculated according to the standard ratio
estimate procedure, even though they are collected as a separate
item. The reason for this is that not all companies report new
orders, and some that do limit their reporting to specific
products for which long lead times are required in the
production cycle. These companies, in effect, exclude new
orders received for products that are shipped from inventory.
To take advantage of the higher response rate for shipments
data and to include orders filled from inventory, new orders are
computed by adding the change in the backlog of unfilled
orders to the current month's shipments. Thus, the estimate of
new orders includes orders that are received and til-d in the
same month as well as orders that have not yet been filled. The
estimate also includes the effects of cancellations and modifica-
tions of previously existing contracts.
Seasonally adjusted new orders are similarly derived from the
monthly change in the seasonally adjusted backlog of unfilled
orders and seasonally adjusted shipments. Many nondurable
goods industries and some durable goods industries have no
backlog of unfilled orders. Shipments are used as the estimate of
new orders in these industries.








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