Kansas City Fed Survey: Accelerating Activity in August
The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Survey business conditions indicator measures activity in the following states: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, western Missouri, and northern New Mexico.
Quarterly data for this indicator dates back to 1995, but monthly data is only available from 2001. New seasonal adjustment factors were introduced in January 2017 and slight revisions were made to previous data as a result.
Here is an excerpt from the latest report:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the August Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the survey revealed that Tenth District manufacturing activity expanded at a faster pace and expectations remained solid.
“Factories reported acceleration in activity in August to the fastest pace since March,” said Wilkerson. “Many firms also reported plans to raise finished goods prices in coming months.” [Full PDF release here]
Here is a snapshot of the complete Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Survey.
The next chart is an overlay of the general and future outlook indexes — the outlook six months ahead. Future factory indexes increased in August to 23 from last month's 19.
For comparison, here is the latest ISM Manufacturing survey.