FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012, AT 10:00 A.M. EDT
Chris Savage or Adriana Stoica
Manufacturing and Construction Division
(301) 763-4832

M3-2 (12)-9
CB12-207

Full Report on Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories and Orders
September 2012
Summary
New orders for manufactured goods in September, up
two of the last three months, increased $22.0 billion or
4.8 percent to $475.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau
reported today. This followed a 5.1 percent August
decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders
increased 1.4 percent.
Shipments, up two of the last three months, increased
$4.1 billion or 0.9 percent to $481.3 billion. This
followed a 0.2 percent August decrease.
Unfilled orders, up three of the last four months,
increased $1.7 billion or 0.2 percent to $981.0 billion.
This followed a 1.7 percent August decrease. The
unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio was 6.24, down from
6.28 in August.
Inventories, up three consecutive months, increased
$3.7 billion or 0.6 percent to $615.7 billion. This was at
the highest level since the series was first published on a
NAICS basis in 1992 and followed a 0.6 percent August
increase. The inventories-to-shipments ratio was 1.28,
unchanged from August.
New Orders
New orders for manufactured durable goods in
September, up four of the last five months, increased
$19.5 billion or 9.8 percent to $218.2 billion, revised
from the previously published 9.9 percent increase. This
followed a 13.1 percent August decrease.
Transportation equipment, up five of the last six
months, had the largest increase, $16.6 billion or 31.3
percent to $69.4 billion.
New orders for manufactured nondurable goods
increased $2.4 billion or 1.0 percent to $257.2 billion.
Shipments
Shipments of manufactured durable goods in
September, up two of the last three months, increased
$1.7 billion or 0.8 percent to $224.1 billion, unchanged
from the previously published increase. This followed a
2.9 percent August decrease.
Transportation equipment, also up two of the last

three months, had the largest increase, $0.7 billion or 1.1
percent to $64.6 billion.
Shipments of manufactured nondurable goods, up
three consecutive months, increased $2.4 billion or 1.0
percent to $257.2 billion. This followed a 2.2 percent
August increase. Petroleum and coal products, also up
three consecutive months, drove the increase, up $2.8
billion or 3.7 percent to $77.8 billion.
Unfilled Orders
Unfilled orders for manufactured durable goods in
September, up three of the last four months, increased
$1.7 billion or 0.2 percent to $981.0 billion, unchanged
from the previously published decrease. This followed a
1.7 percent August decrease.
Transportation equipment, also up three of the last four
months, had the largest increase, $4.8 billion or 0.8
percent to $574.4 billion.
Inventories
Inventories of manufactured durable goods in
September, up thirty-two of the last thirty-three months,
increased $0.9 billion or 0.3 percent to $372.9 billion,
unchanged from the previously published increase. This
was at the highest level since the series was first
published on a NAICS basis and followed a 0.6 percent
August increase.
Transportation equipment, also up thirty-two of the
last thirty-three months, had the largest increase, $0.4
billion or 0.4 percent to $112.6 billion.
Inventories of manufactured nondurable goods, up
three consecutive months, increased $2.8 billion or 1.2
percent to $242.8 billion. This followed a 0.7 percent
August increase. Petroleum and coal products, also up
three consecutive months, led the increase, up $2.2
billion or 4.2 percent to $55.9 billion.
By stage of fabrication, September materials and
supplies increased 0.4 percent in durable goods and 0.6
percent in nondurable goods. Work in process increased
0.3 percent in durable goods and 3.2 percent in
nondurable goods. Finished goods decreased slightly in
durable goods and increased 0.8 percent in nondurable
goods.

Figures in text are adjusted for seasonality, but not for inflation. Figures on new and unfilled orders exclude data for semiconductor manufacturing. For
data, call (301) 763-4673 or go to <http://www.census.gov/m3>.The advance report on durable goods for October is scheduled for release on November 27,
2012, at 8:30 a.m. EST and the full report on December 5, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. EST. See back page for survey description. To receive the latest updates on
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Table 1. Value of Manufacturers' Shipments for Industry Groups1
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Percent Change

Year to date

Monthly

Industry

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

All manufacturing industries......…………
Excluding transportation……….………
Excluding defense…………...…..……….
With unfilled orders…………...…..……..

481,251
416,648
470,442
157,231

477,115
413,221
466,253
156,043

478,169
408,712
467,683
159,749

Durable goods industries………….…..…….

224,089

222,397

Wood products…………..……...….…………
Nonmetallic mineral products…….………….
Primary metals…………………….…………..
Iron and steel mills…………..……….….
Aluminum and nonferrous metals……….
Ferrous metal foundries………..…..…….
Fabricated metal products…….…………….
Machinery………………………………………
Farm machinery…..………….……………
Construction machinery…..………….…
Mining, oil field, and
gas field machinery………...…………..
Industrial machinery……….…………….
Photographic equipment….………………
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning,
and refrigeration equipment…………
Metalworking machinery......……..…….
Turbines, generators, and other
power transmission equipment….…
Material handling equipment……………
Computers and electronic products2……….
Computers…………...…………………….
Computer storage devices……….………..
Other peripheral equipment……….……
Nondefense communications
equipment……………………….……..
Defense communications equipment….
Audio and video equipment……...………..
Electronic components…………..………..
Nondefense search and navigation
equipment……………….……...……….
Defense search and navigation
equipment…………..…………....…….
Electromedical, measuring,
and control instruments……..…...…
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………….….………………
Electric lighting equipment…..…..………..
Household appliances…………..……….
Electrical equipment………….……………
Batteries………………...…….……....…..
Transportation equipment………….………..
Automobiles……………………...……….
Light trucks and utility vehicles…………..
Heavy duty trucks ………...……………..
Motor vehicle bodies, parts,
and trailers………….…….....…………
Nondefense aircraft and parts…..………..
Defense aircraft and parts……...…...…
Ships and boats……..………….…….…..
Furniture and related products…….….…….
Miscellaneous durable goods……..………

6,139
8,111
28,383
10,864
15,738
1,781
27,290
32,432
1,599
5,687

6,219
8,133
28,029
11,000
15,263
1,766
27,239
32,458
1,614
5,516

2,109
3,388
628

Nondurable goods industries…….…………..
Food products……….…………..……….…..
Grain and oilseed milling…….....….……..
Dairy products……………...……...…….
Meat, poultry, and seafood products…
Beverage and tobacco products…………….
Beverages………………..….…..…………
Tobacco……...……..…….………………..
Textile mills………………….…………………
Textile products………..……………………
Apparel……………………..……..…………..
Leather and allied products………………….
Paper products…………………….……..…..
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills....…
Paperboard containers……..…………….
Printing…………………...………….…….…..
Petroleum and coal products………………
Petroleum refineries………...……..……
Chemical products……..……………..…………
Pesticides, fertilizers, and other
agricultural chemicals….…...………....
Pharmaceuticals and medicines………….
Paints, coatings, and adhesives…....…
Plastics and rubber products…...…………
p

Percent

Sept.
2012p

Preliminary

r

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

p

2012

2011

0.9
0.8
0.9
0.8

-0.2
1.1
-0.3
-2.3

1.9
0.9
2.1
1.5

485,699
418,429
473,656
162,772

497,536
429,483
486,776
162,728

458,206
405,608
448,981
145,927

478,000
415,895
466,093
160,303

4,296,090
3,724,083
4,199,837
1,419,097

4,108,996
3,594,302
4,007,747
1,326,148

4.6
3.6
4.8
7.0

229,046

0.8

-2.9

1.8

230,087

232,675

209,316

224,376

2,015,325

1,873,550

7.6

6,106
8,082
28,153
10,945
15,416
1,792
27,167
32,819
1,870
5,440

-1.3
-0.3
1.3
-1.2
3.1
0.8
0.2
-0.1
-0.9
3.1

1.9
0.6
-0.4
0.5
-1.0
-1.5
0.3
-1.1
-13.7
1.4

0.4
0.6
0.7
1.3
0.4
-0.7
-0.7
-1.4
-5.0
8.3

6,306
8,310
27,840
10,344
15,698
1,798
28,034
32,751
1,488
5,831

6,729
9,216
29,575
11,380
16,361
1,834
29,531
33,022
1,461
5,981

6,362
8,460
27,549
10,438
15,437
1,674
26,567
31,577
1,862
5,575

6,029
8,429
26,843
11,476
13,584
1,783
28,319
32,079
2,460
4,089

55,700
73,421
261,665
104,167
140,816
16,682
249,361
290,672
20,232
42,497

52,236
70,656
225,992
105,393
105,970
14,629
237,927
265,630
22,950
31,526

6.6
3.9
15.8
-1.2
32.9
14.0
4.8
9.4
-11.8
34.8

2,126
3,474
649

2,186
3,484
644

-0.8
-2.5
-3.2

-2.7
-0.3
0.8

3.3
2.6
-8.1

2,128
3,718
666

2,083
3,234
706

2,078
3,179
564

2,006
3,445
735

18,685
29,032
5,803

17,648
26,106
5,959

5.9
11.2
-2.6

3,086
2,498

3,121
2,498

3,177
2,528

-1.1
0.0

-1.8
-1.2

1.6
-0.3

3,210
2,509

3,482
2,599

3,392
2,397

3,113
2,226

28,855
21,704

27,304
18,073

5.7
20.1

3,441
2,878
28,039
1,143
720
922

3,418
2,820
27,439
980
822
867

3,479
2,818
28,433
986
1,077
873

0.7
2.1
2.2
16.6
-12.4
6.3

-1.8
0.1
-3.5
-0.6
-23.7
-0.7

-20.1
1.7
-2.0
-13.0
35.1
-2.7

3,293
2,831
29,925
1,334
1,014
1,171

3,415
3,018
26,685
879
740
776

3,255
2,655
28,693
1,046
815
613

4,066
2,714
30,886
1,871
1,078
1,212

32,937
25,023
251,338
10,275
6,909
7,695

30,944
22,483
252,994
13,373
5,837
7,539

6.4
11.3
-0.7
-23.2
18.4
2.1

2,633
340
267
3,484

2,721
364
244
3,540

2,644
352
257
3,563

-3.2
-6.6
9.4
-1.6

2.9
3.4
-5.1
-0.6

-1.5
-11.1
1.6
-1.4

3,155
380
251
3,699

2,599
361
195
3,692

2,324
316
217
3,245

3,201
674
211
3,796

23,834
3,511
1,945
32,069

24,701
4,558
1,841
32,571

-3.5
-23.0
5.6
-1.5

1,318

1,302

1,360

1.2

-4.3

8.2

1,449

1,313

1,238

1,397

11,746

11,648

0.8

2,998

2,889

2,993

3.8

-3.5

-0.1

3,231

2,881

2,638

3,189

26,196

26,605

-1.5

6,102

6,039

6,160

1.0

-2.0

-9.5

6,789

5,792

5,613

7,741

59,771

61,400

-2.7

9,819
885
1,595
3,032
991
64,603
8,828
14,030
2,190

9,887
900
1,571
3,059
1,003
63,894
8,552
14,211
2,289

9,947
894
1,557
3,102
981
69,457
8,796
16,098
2,458

-0.7
-1.7
1.5
-0.9
-1.2
1.1
3.2
-1.3
-4.3

-0.6
0.7
0.9
-1.4
2.2
-8.0
-2.8
-11.7
-6.9

-0.5
-0.4
1.4
-1.4
0.4
8.0
-3.3
15.1
-6.3

10,326
919
1,645
3,273
1,084
67,270
8,914
14,179
2,201

10,336
920
1,621
3,157
1,079
68,053
9,467
15,651
2,397

9,424
874
1,427
2,927
896
52,598
7,163
10,448
2,253

10,652
971
1,577
3,484
1,079
62,105
7,534
12,130
2,620

89,849
8,085
14,117
28,276
8,426
572,007
78,156
120,470
22,530

87,537
8,462
13,496
27,366
8,061
514,694
62,453
103,060
19,305

2.6
-4.5
4.6
3.3
4.5
11.1
25.1
16.9
16.7

18,310
10,335
4,452
2,162
5,366
13,907

18,464
9,177
4,587
2,277
5,373
13,726

21,927
9,757
4,331
2,220
5,325
13,557

-0.8
12.6
-2.9
-5.1
-0.1
1.3

-15.8
-5.9
5.9
2.6
0.9
1.2

20.1
6.3
-6.8
-1.6
0.2
-0.7

18,278
11,356
5,204
2,219
5,388
13,937

20,329
9,058
4,537
2,222
5,854
13,674

15,829
7,989
3,661
2,053
5,350
12,736

18,703
9,371
4,798
2,313
5,271
13,763

169,228
83,583
40,833
20,035
48,555
122,757

161,610
68,277
40,703
20,140
46,834
119,050

4.7
22.4
0.3
-0.5
3.7
3.1

257,162

254,718

249,123

1.0

2.2

1.9

255,612

264,861

248,890

253,624

2,280,765

2,235,446

2.0

60,758
8,280
8,164
16,556
12,298
9,201
3,097
2,442
1,966
1,253
437
13,814
6,459
4,081
6,676
77,754
73,645
62,440

60,712
8,329
8,177
16,485
12,952
9,179
3,773
2,466
1,983
1,304
440
13,871
6,488
4,067
6,692
74,953
70,830
62,095

60,734
8,168
8,092
16,732
12,649
9,275
3,374
2,468
1,957
1,294
448
13,899
6,483
4,101
6,625
69,843
65,841
61,909

0.1
-0.6
-0.2
0.4
-5.0
0.2
-17.9
-1.0
-0.9
-3.9
-0.7
-0.4
-0.4
0.3
-0.2
3.7
4.0
0.6

0.0
2.0
1.1
-1.5
2.4
-1.0
11.8
-0.1
1.3
0.8
-1.8
-0.2
0.1
-0.8
1.0
7.3
7.6
0.3

0.9
1.5
0.4
-0.1
3.5
1.7
9.1
0.7
1.2
4.3
-1.1
0.2
0.0
0.3
0.6
4.1
4.6
1.4

62,088
8,164
8,311
16,560
12,201
9,104
3,097
2,481
1,966
1,309
478
13,847
6,531
4,023
6,974
76,027
71,502
61,226

61,843
8,717
8,494
16,756
13,545
9,772
3,773
2,621
2,078
1,459
464
14,524
6,800
4,266
6,939
79,142
74,046
63,906

58,666
7,939
8,070
16,618
12,595
9,221
3,374
2,379
1,957
1,284
443
13,974
6,561
4,180
6,233
72,919
68,287
61,136

61,955
8,094
9,142
16,750
12,101
8,662
3,439
2,574
1,906
1,346
501
14,328
6,785
4,157
7,206
69,984
65,279
64,244

538,986
72,139
73,956
150,070
111,799
81,702
30,097
22,674
17,913
11,114
4,130
125,719
58,995
36,916
59,808
656,462
617,403
572,715

524,636
69,925
77,879
146,931
105,292
75,387
29,905
23,201
17,070
10,549
4,124
128,318
60,334
37,880
61,117
626,582
589,737
581,622

2.7
3.2
-5.0
2.1
6.2
8.4
0.6
-2.3
4.9
5.4
0.1
-2.0
-2.2
-2.5
-2.1
4.8
4.7
-1.5

3,262
13,454
2,750
17,324

3,062
13,684
2,733
17,250

3,033
14,088
2,803
17,297

6.5
-1.7
0.6
0.4

1.0
-2.9
-2.5
-0.3

13.5
-0.1
-1.8
0.2

2,796
12,934
2,725
17,015

2,672
13,965
2,985
18,340

2,506
13,754
2,970
17,304

2,658
14,865
2,893
17,479

29,632
126,444
26,443
159,445

28,059
134,991
24,699
152,935

5.6
-6.3
7.1
4.3

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

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Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally adjusted
estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday and trading-day differences,
where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not adjusted for price changes.
See note at end of Table 2 relating to survey error and revision.

2

2012/
2011

Estimates and percent changes of shipments for the semiconductor industry are no longer shown separately, but are included in computers and electronic products, and all other applicable
aggregate totals.

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Table 2. Value of Manufacturers' New Orders for Industry Groups 1
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Percent Change

Year to date

Monthly

Percent

Industry

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

All manufacturing industries 2......……….……..
Excluding transportation 2……….…………
2
Excluding defense …………...…..……….
With unfilled orders 2………...…..…………

475,386
405,950
464,175
158,937

453,411
400,540
444,507
139,495

477,711
397,922
465,525
166,941

4.8
1.4
4.4
13.9

-5.1
0.7
-4.5
-16.4

2
Durable goods industries ………….…..…….

218,224

198,693

228,588

9.8

Primary metals…………………….……………
Iron and steel mills…………..……….……
Aluminum and nonferrous metals……….
Ferrous metal foundries………..…..…….
Fabricated metal products…….……………..
Machinery………………………………………
Construction machinery…..……………….
Mining, oil field, and
gas field machinery………...…………..
Industrial machinery……….………………
Photographic equipment….……………….
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning,
and refrigeration equipment……………
Metalworking machinery......……..………
Turbines, generators, and other
power transmission equipment….…….
Material handling equipment………………
Computers and electronic products 2………..
Computers…………...…………………….
Nondefense communications
equipment……………………….…….…
Defense communications equipment…….
Electronic components…………..………..
Nondefense search and navigation
equipment……………….……...……….
Defense search and navigation
equipment…………..…………....…..…
Electromedical, measuring,
and control instruments……..…...…….
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………….….………………
Electric lighting equipment…..…..………..
Household appliances…………..…………
Electrical equipment………….……………
Transportation equipment……………………
Motor vehicle bodies, parts,
and trailers………….…….....………….
Nondefense aircraft and parts…..………..
Defense aircraft and parts……...….…….
Ships and boats……..………….………….
Furniture and related products…….….……..

27,968
10,587
15,690
1,691
27,220
30,345
4,998

26,908
10,183
15,033
1,692
27,421
27,778
4,493

27,588
10,518
15,227
1,843
27,662
29,584
3,948

3.9
4.0
4.4
-0.1
-0.7
9.2
11.2

1,903
3,313
638

1,414
3,468
639

1,491
3,165
656

3,149
2,450

1,187
2,356

2,714
2,787
20,201
1,169

Nondurable goods industries......……………
r

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

2012

2.6
0.7
3.2
3.4

479,091
407,120
466,688
163,009

468,249
413,115
461,087
140,379

454,058
391,199
444,784
151,947

477,670
412,156
464,432
165,995

4,238,258
3,657,888
4,143,397
1,424,179

4,102,376
3,567,194
3,993,267
1,378,972

-13.1

3.3

223,479

203,388

205,168

224,046

1,957,493

1,866,930

4.9

-2.5
-3.2
-1.3
-8.2
-0.9
-6.1
13.8

2.2
0.5
3.0
5.7
-0.2
-6.1
-4.9

26,638
9,447
15,542
1,649
27,518
29,802
4,927

28,172
10,431
15,987
1,754
28,888
26,921
4,263

26,955
10,065
15,164
1,726
26,638
28,237
3,780

26,419
11,175
13,531
1,713
28,755
32,732
4,866

255,550
99,913
139,002
16,635
254,379
282,092
37,399

225,457
102,789
107,580
15,088
243,843
290,380
36,310

13.3
-2.8
29.2
10.3
4.3
-2.9
3.0

34.6
-4.5
-0.2

-5.2
9.6
-2.6

-40.2
1.1
-9.1

1,661
3,451
746

1,319
3,082
655

1,624
2,949
608

2,070
3,046
803

17,011
28,749
6,315

24,543
26,387
6,195

-30.7
9.0
1.9

3,487
2,330

165.3
4.0

-66.0
1.1

2.3
-0.3

3,011
2,428

1,269
2,378

3,768
2,109

2,637
2,306

28,854
21,338

28,632
19,639

0.8
8.7

2,587
2,953
20,428
1,035

2,658
2,817
21,280
900

4.9
-5.6
-1.1
12.9

-2.7
4.8
-4.0
15.0

-28.8
3.9
-2.1
-21.5

2,576
2,924
23,862
1,360

2,483
3,119
19,140
934

2,402
2,479
18,482
960

4,416
2,986
26,393
1,863

31,464
25,660
194,483
10,308

35,958
23,508
192,831
13,259

-12.5
9.2
0.9
-22.3

2,543
297
3,502

2,625
356
3,474

2,868
395
3,521

-3.1
-16.6
0.8

-8.5
-9.9
-1.3

-7.3
38.6
2.1

3,509
428
3,643

2,650
283
3,699

2,459
280
3,283

3,927
599
3,843

27,096
3,117
32,140

24,103
3,934
32,821

12.4
-20.8
-2.1

1,649

1,684

1,565

-2.1

7.6

-6.6

1,830

1,573

1,398

1,648

15,147

12,186

24.3

p

2012/
2011
3.3
2.5
3.8
3.3

2,626

2,960

3,090

-11.3

-4.2

9.0

2,854

2,641

2,295

3,209

25,811

25,425

1.5

5,965

5,846

6,216

2.0

-6.0

-8.3

7,195

5,130

5,702

8,309

59,842

62,409

-4.1

9,465
865
1,600
2,879
69,436

9,815
875
1,568
3,064
52,871

9,566
884
1,516
3,013
79,789

-3.6
-1.1
2.0
-6.0
31.3

2.6
-1.0
3.4
1.7
-33.7

-2.2
0.2
-1.6
-0.3
13.2

9,714
969
1,641
2,890
71,971

10,221
893
1,631
3,092
55,134

9,069
836
1,441
2,896
62,859

10,854
1,110
1,586
3,286
65,514

89,667
8,143
14,111
28,297
580,370

90,244
8,737
13,589
28,392
535,182

-0.6
-6.8
3.8
-0.3
8.4

18,158
14,656
5,711
1,725
5,439

18,445
533
4,490
1,347
5,397

21,883
19,199
4,556
2,447
5,373

-1.6
2,649.7
27.2
28.1
0.8

-15.7
-97.2
-1.4
-45.0
0.4

20.5
51.1
-11.4
-28.8
-0.1

18,175
15,602
6,499
1,611
5,428

20,077
30
3,236
1,065
5,296

15,717
18,564
3,560
1,849
5,369

18,772
11,007
4,077
3,094
5,160

167,797
98,518
41,994
15,699
49,130

161,160
85,114
42,777
23,283
47,130

4.1
15.7
-1.8
-32.6
4.2

257,162

254,718

249,123

1.0

2.2

1.9

255,612

264,861

248,890

253,624

2,280,765

2,235,446

2.0

p

Preliminary

1

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

adjusted estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday
and trading-day differences, where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not
adjusted for price changes.
2

2011

Data on new orders are not available for the semiconductor industry. Estimates and percent changes for new orders exclude semiconductor industry data.

Note: Estimates of manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders are subject to survey error and revision. One major component of survey error is nonsampling
error, which includes errors of coverage, response, and nonreporting. Since the survey panel is not a probability sample, estimates of sampling error cannot be
calculated. For further details on survey design, methodology, and data limitations see <http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/m3/>.

4

Table 3. Value of Manufacturers' Unfilled Orders for Industry Groups 1
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Monthly

Percent Change

Monthly

Percent
Change

Industry

Sept.
p
2012

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
p
2012

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

Sept.
12/11

All manufacturing industries 2......……….……
Excluding transportation 2……….…………
2
Excluding defense …………...…..………

981,010
406,618
790,893

979,304
409,745
789,589

995,852
415,270
804,179

0.2
-0.8
0.2

-1.7
-1.3
-1.8

0.7
-0.8
0.7

971,005
401,976
782,882

970,768
406,440
783,005

993,117
415,870
801,756

929,098
394,341
736,285

4.5
1.9
6.3

Durable goods industries 2………….…..……

981,010

979,304

995,852

0.2

-1.7

0.7

971,005

970,768

993,117

929,098

4.5

Primary metals…………………….……………
Iron and steel mills…………..……….…….
Aluminum and nonferrous metals………….
Ferrous metal foundries………..…..……..
Fabricated metal products…….………………
Machinery……………………………………….
Construction machinery…..………………..
Mining, oil field, and
gas field machinery………...…………..
Industrial machinery……….……………….
Photographic equipment….………………..
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning,
and refrigeration equipment…………….
Metalworking machinery......……..……….
Turbines, generators, and other
power transmission equipment….……..
Material handling equipment……………….
Computers and electronic products 2………….
Computers…………...……………………..
Nondefense communications
equipment……………………….…….…
Defense communications equipment……..
Electronic components…………..…………
Nondefense search and navigation
equipment……………….……...………..
Defense search and navigation
equipment…………..…………....…..….
Electromedical, measuring,
and control instruments……..…...……..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………….….……………….
Electric lighting equipment…..…..………..
Household appliances…………..………….
Electrical equipment………….…………….
Transportation equipment…………………….
Motor vehicle bodies, parts,
and trailers………….…….....…………..
Nondefense aircraft and parts…..………..
Defense aircraft and parts……...….……..
Ships and boats……..………….………….
Furniture and related products…….….……..

31,267
17,085
10,787
3,395
82,976
127,830
23,012

31,682
17,362
10,835
3,485
83,046
129,917
23,701

32,803
18,179
11,065
3,559
82,864
134,597
24,724

-1.3
-1.6
-0.4
-2.6
-0.1
-1.6
-2.9

-3.4
-4.5
-2.1
-2.1
0.2
-3.5
-4.1

-1.7
-2.3
-1.7
1.5
0.6
-2.3
-5.7

29,887
16,165
10,412
3,310
82,389
125,882
21,721

31,089
17,062
10,568
3,459
82,905
128,831
22,625

32,492
18,011
10,942
3,539
83,548
134,932
24,343

32,615
17,950
11,574
3,091
77,316
127,676
25,205

-8.4
-9.9
-10.0
7.1
6.6
-1.4
-13.8

18,524
8,350
2,885

18,730
8,425
2,875

19,442
8,431
2,885

-1.1
-0.9
0.3

-3.7
-0.1
-0.3

-3.5
-3.6
0.4

18,517
8,113
2,974

18,984
8,380
2,894

19,748
8,532
2,945

20,496
8,875
2,764

-9.7
-8.6
7.6

8,425
7,108

8,362
7,156

10,296
7,298

0.8
-0.7

-18.8
-1.9

3.1
-2.6

8,389
6,942

8,588
7,023

10,801
7,244

8,337
7,067

0.6
-1.8

26,151
8,304
136,472
1,189

26,878
8,395
136,739
1,163

27,709
8,262
136,594
1,108

-2.7
-1.1
-0.2
2.2

-3.0
1.6
0.1
5.0

-2.9
0.0
0.4
-7.2

26,024
8,370
136,171
1,189

26,741
8,277
135,389
1,163

27,673
8,176
135,996
1,108

23,695
7,843
130,193
1,150

9.8
6.7
4.6
3.4

28,437
5,172
13,121

28,527
5,215
13,103

28,623
5,223
13,169

-0.3
-0.8
0.1

-0.3
-0.2
-0.5

0.8
0.8
-0.3

28,649
5,180
13,139

28,295
5,132
13,195

28,244
5,210
13,188

24,854
6,326
13,157

15.3
-18.1
-0.1

13,451

13,120

12,738

2.5

3.0

1.6

13,478

13,097

12,837

9,648

39.7

45,980

46,352

46,281

-0.8

0.2

0.2

45,463

45,840

46,080

45,872

-0.9

29,122

29,259

29,452

-0.5

-0.7

0.2

29,073

28,667

29,329

29,186

-0.4

20,752
999
666
9,659
574,392

21,106
1,019
661
9,812
569,559

21,178
1,044
664
9,807
580,582

-1.7
-2.0
0.8
-1.6
0.8

-0.3
-2.4
-0.5
0.1
-1.9

-1.8
-0.9
-5.8
-0.9
1.8

20,546
1,093
643
9,527
569,029

21,158
1,043
647
9,910
564,328

21,273
1,070
637
9,975
577,247

19,836
1,254
630
9,216
534,757

3.6
-12.8
2.1
3.4
6.4

16,279
403,883
61,496
17,967
6,467

16,431
399,562
60,237
18,404
6,394

16,450
408,206
60,334
19,334
6,370

-0.9
1.1
2.1
-2.4
1.1

-0.1
-2.1
-0.2
-4.8
0.4

-0.3
2.4
0.4
1.2
0.8

15,687
400,692
60,517
17,452
6,247

15,790
396,446
59,222
18,060
6,207

16,042
405,474
60,523
19,217
6,765

16,093
358,391
58,211
25,016
5,907

-2.5
11.8
4.0
-30.2
5.8

p

Preliminary

1

r

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

adjusted estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday
and trading-day differences, where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not
adjusted for price changes.
2

Data on unfilled orders are not available for the semiconductor industry. Estimates and percent changes for unfilled orders exclude semiconductor industry data.

See note at end of Table 2 relating to survey error and revision.

5

Table 4. Value of Manufacturers' Inventories for Industry Groups1
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Monthly

Percent Change

Monthly

Percent
Change

Industry

Sept.
2012p

1

July
2012

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
p
2012

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

Sept.
12/11

All manufacturing industries......…………….
Excluding transportation……….…………..
Excluding defense…………...…..………
With unfilled orders…………...…..………

615,698
503,078
589,965
302,356

611,959
499,769
585,635
301,397

608,099
497,523
582,051
299,673

0.6
0.7
0.7
0.3

0.6
0.5
0.6
0.6

0.6
0.5
0.6
0.8

614,621
502,323
589,021
301,026

615,526
501,994
589,269
304,590

612,070
500,265
585,962
302,671

590,359
488,408
564,557
284,210

4.1
2.8
4.3
5.9

Durable goods industries………….…..……

372,891

371,952

369,847

0.3

0.6

0.9

371,236

375,663

372,965

351,805

5.5

9,053
11,625
34,201
19,823
12,223
2,155
46,096
67,204
3,790
6,060

8,973
11,692
34,105
19,785
12,163
2,157
45,966
66,997
3,738
6,080

8,924
11,624
34,096
19,850
12,102
2,144
45,892
66,586
3,691
6,047

0.9
-0.6
0.3
0.2
0.5
-0.1
0.3
0.3
1.4
-0.3

0.5
0.6
0.0
-0.3
0.5
0.6
0.2
0.6
1.3
0.5

0.3
0.5
0.1
-0.5
1.1
-0.4
0.1
1.4
0.5
1.3

9,100
11,452
34,325
19,980
12,248
2,097
46,011
66,472
3,463
6,033

8,924
11,558
34,343
19,933
12,276
2,134
46,263
67,552
3,548
6,024

8,760
11,627
34,513
20,202
12,209
2,102
46,440
66,708
3,560
5,973

8,605
11,056
35,152
21,208
11,997
1,947
45,008
59,829
3,148
5,030

5.8
3.6
-2.4
-5.8
2.1
7.7
2.2
11.1
10.0
19.9

7,841
7,189
1,472

7,780
7,206
1,473

7,689
7,171
1,478

0.8
-0.2
-0.1

1.2
0.5
-0.3

0.9
-0.8
0.3

7,807
7,236
1,481

7,925
7,285
1,512

7,845
7,064
1,537

6,672
7,211
1,461

17.0
0.3
1.4

4,108
5,499

4,079
5,471

4,073
5,469

0.7
0.5

0.1
0.0

-0.9
1.9

4,036
5,639

4,174
5,563

4,187
5,505

4,060
5,044

-0.6
11.8

11,260
4,521
46,658
1,104
1,042
1,662

11,149
4,499
46,503
1,155
1,080
1,704

11,052
4,426
46,453
1,197
1,082
1,721

1.0
0.5
0.3
-4.4
-3.5
-2.5

0.9
1.6
0.1
-3.5
-0.2
-1.0

4.8
2.3
0.8
0.8
0.1
4.3

11,048
4,542
46,241
1,143
1,029
1,609

11,527
4,587
47,351
1,233
1,161
1,782

11,236
4,475
47,001
1,195
1,117
1,761

9,316
3,880
45,432
1,373
1,102
1,648

18.6
17.1
1.8
-16.8
-6.6
-2.4

7,001
1,616
679
7,375

6,962
1,591
660
7,302

7,016
1,555
648
7,309

0.6
1.6
2.9
1.0

-0.8
2.3
1.9
-0.1

-0.1
1.4
4.5
0.2

6,885
1,616
780
7,265

7,060
1,591
728
7,274

7,042
1,555
668
7,432

6,693
2,141
676
6,867

2.9
-24.5
15.4
5.8

3,331

3,385

3,373

-1.6

0.4

0.9

3,336

3,451

3,371

3,179

4.9

2,681

2,706

2,780

-0.9

-2.7

-3.1

2,616

2,720

2,829

2,672

-2.1

11,920

11,844

11,781

0.6

0.5

0.6

11,739

12,083

11,892

11,769

-0.3

15,495
1,797
1,664
4,549
1,057
112,620
2,881
2,520
2,115

15,435
1,786
1,652
4,625
1,063
112,190
2,811
2,572
2,111

15,460
1,777
1,658
4,668
1,057
110,576
2,650
2,609
2,052

0.4
0.6
0.7
-1.6
-0.6
0.4
2.5
-2.0
0.2

-0.2
0.5
-0.4
-0.9
0.6
1.5
6.1
-1.4
2.9

0.3
1.8
-0.2
0.4
0.2
1.4
-1.4
4.3
4.0

15,235
1,767
1,676
4,330
1,063
112,298
2,891
2,621
2,128

15,650
1,814
1,729
4,684
1,101
113,532
2,860
2,743
2,198

15,658
1,835
1,729
4,689
1,064
111,805
2,778
2,633
2,115

14,851
1,618
1,760
4,341
1,029
101,951
2,683
2,683
2,064

2.6
9.2
-4.8
-0.3
3.3
10.1
7.8
-2.3
3.1

17,698
61,179
13,158
3,088
6,170
23,769

17,661
60,259
13,615
3,107
6,160
23,931

17,616
59,086
13,343
3,066
6,175
24,061

0.2
1.5
-3.4
-0.6
0.2
-0.7

0.3
2.0
2.0
1.3
-0.2
-0.5

1.0
1.1
0.9
-1.1
0.7
1.4

17,603
60,876
13,254
3,027
6,191
23,911

17,633
61,157
13,715
3,054
6,263
24,227

17,680
59,887
13,431
3,014
6,342
24,111

16,836
52,250
13,218
2,740
6,070
23,851

4.6
16.5
0.3
10.5
2.0
0.3

Nondurable goods industries…….……………

242,807

240,007

238,252

1.2

0.7

0.2

243,385

239,863

239,105

238,554

2.0

Food products……….…………..……….……
Grain and oilseed milling…….....….………
Dairy products……………...……...………
Meat, poultry, and seafood products…….
Beverage and tobacco products…………….
Beverages………………..….…..…………
Tobacco……...……..…….………………..
Textile mills………………….………………….
Textile products………..………………………
Apparel……………………..……..……………
Leather and allied products…………………..
Paper products…………………….……..……
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills....…….
Paperboard containers……..……………..
Printing…………………...………….…….……
Petroleum and coal products…………………
Petroleum refineries………...……..………
Chemical products……..……………..…………
Pesticides, fertilizers, and other
agricultural chemicals….…...……….….
Pharmaceuticals and medicines…………..
Paints, coatings, and adhesives…....…….
Plastics and rubber products…...……………

45,404
5,593
5,823
7,783
18,538
14,780
3,758
3,381
3,147
2,358
858
14,012
6,067
4,078
5,282
55,903
51,610
72,428

45,154
5,411
5,819
7,746
18,466
14,737
3,729
3,383
3,142
2,347
846
14,129
6,184
4,078
5,358
53,666
49,445
72,154

44,827
5,218
5,785
7,706
18,517
14,791
3,726
3,388
3,164
2,317
836
14,251
6,293
4,064
5,371
51,676
47,525
72,535

0.6
3.4
0.1
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.8
-0.1
0.2
0.5
1.4
-0.8
-1.9
0.0
-1.4
4.2
4.4
0.4

0.7
3.7
0.6
0.5
-0.3
-0.4
0.1
-0.1
-0.7
1.3
1.2
-0.9
-1.7
0.3
-0.2
3.9
4.0
-0.5

0.1
1.7
0.2
0.3
0.2
0.1
0.3
-0.3
-0.6
0.7
-0.2
-0.5
-1.3
0.5
-0.8
1.3
1.3
0.2

46,092
5,381
5,861
7,898
18,394
14,750
3,644
3,383
3,168
2,518
862
14,025
6,067
4,052
5,345
56,046
51,736
72,065

45,438
5,277
6,002
7,789
17,795
14,277
3,518
3,386
3,170
2,491
869
14,141
6,174
4,067
5,500
53,204
48,867
72,481

44,163
5,083
6,013
7,675
17,938
14,429
3,509
3,403
3,186
2,448
857
14,215
6,262
4,035
5,430
52,749
48,496
73,121

45,056
4,725
6,076
7,563
17,545
13,973
3,572
3,548
3,251
2,246
809
14,372
6,344
4,019
5,548
49,768
45,863
75,040

2.3
13.9
-3.5
4.4
4.8
5.6
2.0
-4.7
-2.6
12.1
6.6
-2.4
-4.4
0.8
-3.7
12.6
12.8
-4.0

4,160
24,160
2,897
21,496

4,153
23,829
2,914
21,362

3,996
23,958
2,945
21,370

0.2
1.4
-0.6
0.6

3.9
-0.5
-1.1
0.0

3.0
0.2
1.4
-0.8

3,802
24,076
2,834
21,487

3,778
24,117
2,933
21,388

3,642
24,295
3,000
21,595

3,780
24,515
2,884
21,371

0.6
-1.8
-1.7
0.5

Wood products…………..……...….…… …….
Nonmetallic mineral products…….…………..
Primary metals…………………….…………….
Iron and steel mills…………..……….…….
Aluminum and nonferrous metals…………
Ferrous metal foundries………..…..……..
Fabricated metal products…….………………
Machinery……………………………………….
Farm machinery…..………….…………….
Construction machinery…..………….…….
Mining, oil field,
and gas field machinery………...……..
Industrial machinery……….……………….
Photographic equipment….……………….
Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning,
and refrigeration equipment……………
Metalworking machinery......……..……….
Turbines, generators, and other
power transmission equipment….……..
Material handling equipment………………
Computers and electronic products2…………
Computers…………...……………………..
Computer storage devices……….……….
Other peripheral equipment……….………
Nondefense communications
equipment……………………….……….
Defense communications equipment……..
Audio and video equipment……...………..
Electronic components…………..…………
Nondefense search and navigation
equipment……………….……...……….
Defense search and navigation
equipment…………..…………....…..….
Electromedical, measuring
and control instruments……..…......…..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………….….……………….
Electric lighting equipment…..…..………..
Household appliances…………..………….
Electrical equipment………….…………….
Batteries………………...…….……....……
Transportation equipment………….…………
Automobiles……………………...…………
Light trucks and utility vehicles…………..
Heavy duty trucks ………...……………….
Motor vehicle bodies, parts,
and trailers………….…….....……….….
Nondefense aircraft and parts…..………..
Defense aircraft and parts……...…...……
Ships and boats……..………….…….……
Furniture and related products…….….………
Miscellaneous durable goods……..………….

p

Aug.
2012r

Preliminary

r

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally adjusted
estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday and trading-day differences,
where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not adjusted for price change
2
Estimates of inventories for the semiconductor industry data are included in computers and electronic products and all other applicable aggregate totals, but are not shown separate
See note at end of Table 2 relating to survey error and revision.

6

Table 5. Value of Manufacturers' Shipments, New Orders, Unfilled Orders, and Total Inventories for
Topical Series1, 2
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Percent Change

Monthly

Year to date

Percent
6

Industry

Change

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
p
2012

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

2012

p

2012/
2011

2011

SHIPMENTS
All manufacturing industries…………..…..

481,251

477,115

478,169

0.9

-0.2

1.9

485,699

497,536

458,206

478,000

4,296,090

4,108,996

4.6

Construction materials and supplies…….
Information technology………….…………
Computers and related products………..
Motor vehicle and parts…………………….

40,436
20,928
2,785
43,358

40,569
20,746
2,669
43,516

40,412
21,277
2,936
49,279

-0.3
0.9
4.3
-0.4

0.4
-2.5
-9.1
-11.7

-0.4
-2.8
3.9
12.1

41,791
23,452
3,519
43,572

45,070
20,320
2,395
47,844

41,825
19,144
2,474
35,693

42,171
25,344
4,161
40,987

372,679
193,103
24,879
390,384

354,925
197,090
26,749
346,428

5.0
-2.0
-7.0
12.7

Capital goods……….……………...…..…..
3
Nondefense capital goods ………………
Excluding aircraft…….………………….
4
Defense capital goods ……….…….…….

78,784
70,259
62,957
8,525

77,324
69,199
63,065
8,125

78,727
70,476
63,787
8,251

1.9
1.5
-0.2
4.9

-1.8
-1.8
-1.1
-1.5

-0.8
-0.3
-1.6
-4.7

83,044
73,678
65,881
9,366

77,710
69,628
63,448
8,082

73,066
65,695
60,235
7,371

81,907
72,546
67,113
9,361

700,726
626,132
571,457
74,594

662,100
580,875
541,117
81,225

5.8
7.8
5.6
-8.2

Consumer goods………………..…………..
Consumer durable goods……...…………
Consumer nondurable goods…………….

211,068
35,843
175,225

208,943
35,572
173,371

206,004
37,565
168,439

1.0
0.8
1.1

1.4
-5.3
2.9

2.8
4.6
2.4

210,104
36,185
173,919

217,433
37,937
179,496

197,448
29,046
168,402

202,225
32,466
169,759

1,846,709
315,131
1,531,578

1,769,212
278,231
1,490,981

4.4
13.3
2.7

NEW ORDERS
All manufacturing industries5…………..…..

475,386

453,411

477,711

4.8

-5.1

2.6

479,091

468,249

454,058

477,670

4,238,258

4,102,376

3.3

Construction materials and supplies…….
Information technology………….…………
Computers and related products………..
Motor vehicle and parts…………………….

40,539
20,467
2,811
43,206

38,914
20,898
2,724
43,497

41,152
21,587
2,850
49,235

4.2
-2.1
3.2
-0.7

-5.4
-3.2
-4.4
-11.7

0.3
-3.5
0.3
12.3

41,585
24,095
3,545
43,469

42,593
19,622
2,450
47,592

42,483
18,807
2,388
35,581

41,838
27,146
4,153
41,056

374,477
199,348
24,912
388,953

358,882
197,670
26,635
345,978

4.3
0.8
-6.5
12.4

Capital goods……….……………...…..…..
3
Nondefense capital goods ………………
Excluding aircraft…….………………….
4
Defense capital goods ……….…….…….

80,255
71,535
60,410
8,720

63,861
57,756
60,305
6,105

86,121
75,941
60,113
10,180

25.7
23.9
0.2
42.8

-25.8
-23.9
0.3
-40.0

1.8
4.4
-5.6
-14.3

84,465
75,102
63,214
9,363

60,726
55,769
58,394
4,957

79,035
71,037
55,709
7,998

87,845
77,448
69,949
10,397

712,423
638,915
570,819
73,508

709,465
620,455
566,093
89,010

0.4
3.0
0.8
-17.4

Consumer goods………………..…………..
Consumer durable goods……...…………
Consumer nondurable goods…………..

211,125
35,900
175,225

209,000
35,629
173,371

205,999
37,560
168,439

1.0
0.8
1.1

1.5
-5.1
2.9

2.8
4.5
2.4

210,130
36,211
173,919

217,275
37,779
179,496

197,597
29,195
168,402

202,162
32,403
169,759

1,846,753
315,175
1,531,578

1,769,059
278,078
1,490,981

4.4
13.3
2.7

UNFILLED ORDERS
All manufacturing industries5…………..…..

981,010

979,304

995,852

0.2

-1.7

0.7

971,005

970,768

993,117

929,098

(X)

(X)

4.5

Construction materials and supplies…….
Information technology………….…………
Computers and related products………..
Motor vehicle and parts…………………….

55,750
135,664
1,189
16,279

55,647
136,125
1,163
16,431

57,302
135,973
1,108
16,450

0.2
-0.3
2.2
-0.9

-2.9
0.1
5.0
-0.1

1.3
0.2
-7.2
-0.3

55,595
135,289
1,189
15,687

55,801
134,646
1,163
15,790

58,278
135,344
1,108
16,042

54,800
128,536
1,150
16,093

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

1.5
5.3
3.4
-2.5

Capital goods……….……………...…..…..
3
Nondefense capital goods ………………
Excluding aircraft…….………………….
4
Defense capital goods ……….…….…….

748,003
582,170
235,289
165,833

746,532
580,894
237,836
165,638

759,995
592,337
240,596
167,658

0.2
0.2
-1.1
0.1

-1.8
-1.9
-1.1
-1.2

1.0
0.9
-1.5
1.2

741,143
576,898
232,769
164,245

739,722
575,474
235,436
164,248

756,706
589,333
240,490
167,373

701,580
532,265
226,086
169,315

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

5.6
8.4
3.0
-3.0

Consumer goods………………..…………..
Consumer durable goods……...…………

4,026
4,026

3,969
3,969

3,912
3,912

1.4
1.4

1.5
1.5

-0.1
-0.1

3,791
3,791

3,765
3,765

3,923
3,923

3,484
3,484

(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)

8.8
8.8

TOTAL INVENTORIES
All manufacturing industries…………..…..

615,698

611,959

608,099

0.6

0.6

0.6

614,621

615,526

612,070

590,359

(X)

(X)

4.1

Construction materials and supplies…….
Information technology………….…………
Computers and related products………..
Motor vehicle and parts…………………….

59,159
39,241
3,808
25,214

59,062
39,206
3,939
25,155

59,040
39,263
4,000
24,927

0.2
0.1
-3.3
0.2

0.0
-0.1
-1.5
0.9

0.2
0.3
2.1
1.3

59,123
38,948
3,781
25,243

59,350
39,995
4,176
25,434

59,565
39,642
4,073
25,206

58,057
39,164
4,123
24,266

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

1.8
-0.6
-8.3
4.0

Capital goods……….……………...…..…..
3
Nondefense capital goods ………………
Excluding aircraft…….………………….
4
Defense capital goods ……….…….…….

193,972
172,922
121,641
21,050

193,524
171,930
121,424
21,594

191,790
170,498
121,106
21,292

0.2
0.6
0.2
-2.5

0.9
0.8
0.3
1.4

1.3
1.2
1.3
1.9

192,563
171,742
120,667
20,821

195,898
174,471
123,192
21,427

193,092
171,828
121,775
21,264

177,047
156,647
112,968
20,400

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

8.8
9.6
6.8
2.1

Consumer goods………………..…………..
Consumer durable goods……...…………
Consumer nondurable goods…………….

183,295
25,269
158,026

180,589
25,324
155,265

178,529
25,253
153,276

1.5
-0.2
1.8

1.2
0.3
1.3

0.5
0.7
0.4

184,298
25,461
158,837

180,637
25,784
154,853

178,949
25,433
153,516

176,467
24,996
151,471

(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)

4.4
1.9
4.9

X Not Applicable

p

Preliminary

r

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

1

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally adjuste
estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday and trading-day differences,
where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not adjusted for price change

2

Topical series are regroupings of the separate industry categories

3

Nondefense capital goods industries include: small arms and ordnance; farm machinery and equipment; construction machinery; mining, oil, and gas field machinery; industrial machine
vending, laundry, and other machinery; photographic equipment; metalworking machinery; turbines and generators; other power transmission equipment; pumps and compresso
material handling equipment; all other machinery; electronic computers; computer storage devices; other computer peripheral equipment; communications equipment; search and navigati
equipment; electromedical, measuring, and control instruments; electrical equipment; other electrical equipment, appliances, and components; heavy duty trucks; aircraft; railroad rolling stoc
ships and boats; office and institutional furniture; and medical equipment and supplie

4

Defense capital goods industries include: small arms and ordnance; communications equipment; aircraft; missiles, space vehicles, and parts; ships and boat
and search and navigation equipment.

5

Estimates and percent changes exclude semiconductor industry data

6

Based on year-to-date for shipments and new orders, but on same month prior year for unfilled orders and inventories.

See note at end of Table 2 relating to survey error and revision.

7

Table 6. Value of Manufacturers' Inventories, by Stage of Fabrication, by Industry Group1
[Estimates are shown in millions of dollars and are based on data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Seasonally Adjusted

Not Seasonally Adjusted

Monthly

Percent Change

Monthly

Percent
Change

Industry

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Aug. Sept.

July Aug.

June July

Sept.
2012p

Aug.
2012r

July
2012

Sept.
2011

Sept.
12/11

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
All manufacturing industries..........……..…..
Durable goods industries.....................…..
Wood products…………..…………………
Nonmetallic mineral products……………..
Primary metals……………….…..…………
Fabricated metal products……………………
Machinery……………………………………
Computers and electronic products……..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………………………….
Transportation equipment…………………
Furniture and related products……………
Miscellaneous products………...………….
Nondurable goods industries..............……..
Food products...…...........………..……..
Beverage and tobacco products..................
Textiles.............….....…...…….......……
Textile products……..………..…………….
Apparel……………….……………………..
Leather and allied products…….………….
Paper products..…………..….….....……..
Printing ………….………………...………..
Petroleum and coal products……………..
Chemical products…………………..………
Plastics and rubber products……..….……

204,336

203,358

202,451

0.5

0.4

0.9

203,782

203,632

203,876

193,787

5.2

121,314
3,594
4,721
12,864
16,945
26,193
17,696

120,817
3,622
4,688
12,833
16,814
26,090
17,463

120,210
3,585
4,697
12,743
16,819
25,988
17,281

0.4
-0.8
0.7
0.2
0.8
0.4
1.3

0.5
1.0
-0.2
0.7
0.0
0.4
1.1

0.7
0.4
-0.1
0.1
0.5
1.8
-0.2

121,150
3,685
4,710
13,021
16,972
26,143
17,522

121,544
3,618
4,686
12,881
16,932
26,435
17,553

121,162
3,458
4,698
12,789
17,012
26,365
17,405

115,010
3,419
4,525
13,592
16,493
23,576
16,246

5.3
7.8
4.1
-4.2
2.9
10.9
7.9

6,779
21,818
2,966
7,738

6,809
21,710
2,963
7,825

6,848
21,411
2,981
7,857

-0.4
0.5
0.1
-1.1

-0.6
1.4
-0.6
-0.4

0.0
1.3
0.3
0.3

6,631
21,775
2,966
7,725

6,870
21,698
2,982
7,889

6,925
21,608
3,032
7,870

6,452
20,017
2,928
7,762

2.8
8.8
1.3
-0.5

83,022
15,476
4,973
1,178
1,477
799
272
6,968
2,443
18,326
22,486
8,624

82,541
15,252
4,946
1,187
1,484
763
271
6,979
2,479
17,866
22,718
8,596

82,241
14,974
4,953
1,195
1,489
754
254
7,070
2,499
17,494
22,981
8,578

0.6
1.5
0.5
-0.8
-0.5
4.7
0.4
-0.2
-1.5
2.6
-1.0
0.3

0.4
1.9
-0.1
-0.7
-0.3
1.2
6.7
-1.3
-0.8
2.1
-1.1
0.2

1.1
1.8
0.1
0.0
-2.1
-0.5
-3.8
-0.6
-1.0
2.5
2.1
-1.5

82,632
15,304
4,814
1,183
1,492
824
277
6,973
2,481
18,221
22,439
8,624

82,088
15,045
4,714
1,198
1,497
773
279
6,986
2,518
17,608
22,820
8,650

82,714
14,880
4,733
1,214
1,511
761
260
6,989
2,522
17,940
23,179
8,725

78,777
14,437
4,486
1,275
1,489
652
266
7,061
2,646
14,265
23,579
8,621

4.9
6.0
7.3
-7.2
0.2
26.4
4.1
-1.2
-6.2
27.7
-4.8
0.0

190,819

188,931

187,631

1.0

0.7

0.4

189,008

189,508

188,388

179,291

5.4

144,669
1,544
1,386
10,930
13,458
16,651
16,071

144,197
1,514
1,384
10,964
13,546
16,676
15,893

143,370
1,532
1,367
11,104
13,486
16,744
16,067

0.3
2.0
0.1
-0.3
-0.6
-0.1
1.1

0.6
-1.2
1.2
-1.3
0.4
-0.4
-1.1

1.1
2.7
1.9
0.0
0.0
1.3
0.3

143,728
1,540
1,360
10,917
13,533
16,453
15,817

145,861
1,507
1,368
11,253
13,723
16,877
16,126

144,865
1,527
1,376
11,419
13,574
16,749
16,361

134,910
1,430
1,256
11,202
12,713
15,413
17,149

6.5
7.7
8.3
-2.5
6.5
6.7
-7.8

3,665
76,543
1,031
3,390

3,584
76,236
1,022
3,378

3,567
75,064
1,037
3,402

2.3
0.4
0.9
0.4

0.5
1.6
-1.4
-0.7

0.1
1.6
1.3
2.2

3,576
76,088
1,031
3,413

3,643
76,913
1,028
3,423

3,622
75,746
1,055
3,436

3,414
68,094
999
3,240

4.7
11.7
3.2
5.3

46,150
4,013
5,985
776
420
389
115
1,251
1,198
14,504
15,197
2,302

44,734
4,164
5,922
772
414
389
112
1,248
1,243
13,275
14,896
2,299

44,261
4,104
5,882
759
421
384
124
1,249
1,235
12,608
15,153
2,342

3.2
-3.6
1.1
0.5
1.4
0.0
2.7
0.2
-3.6
9.3
2.0
0.1

1.1
1.5
0.7
1.7
-1.7
1.3
-9.7
-0.1
0.6
5.3
-1.7
-1.8

-1.8
1.8
0.7
-0.4
1.9
2.1
0.0
-2.3
0.3
-5.2
-1.8
1.8

45,280
3,631
5,822
786
423
404
111
1,254
1,234
14,301
15,008
2,306

43,647
3,712
5,322
782
416
415
108
1,265
1,342
13,072
14,915
2,298

43,523
3,511
5,335
767
420
417
124
1,264
1,250
12,833
15,262
2,340

44,381
3,418
5,548
808
447
369
116
1,360
1,353
13,732
15,031
2,199

2.0
6.2
4.9
-2.7
-5.4
9.5
-4.3
-7.8
-8.8
4.1
-0.2
4.9

WORK IN PROCESS
All manufacturing industries..........……..…..
Durable goods industries.....................…..
Wood products…………..…………………
Nonmetallic mineral products……………..
Primary metals……………….…..…………
Fabricated metal products……………………
Machinery……………………………………
Computers and electronic products……..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………………………….
Transportation equipment…………………
Furniture and related products……………
Miscellaneous products………...………….
Nondurable goods industries..............……..
Food products...…...........………..……..
Beverage and tobacco products..................
Textiles.............….....…...…….......……
Textile products……..………..…………….
Apparel……………….……………………..
Leather and allied products…….………….
Paper products..…………..….….....……..
Printing ………….………………...………..
Petroleum and coal products……………..
Chemical products…………………..………
Plastics and rubber products……..….……

FINISHED GOODS
All manufacturing industries..........……..…..

p

220,543

219,670

218,017

0.4

0.8

0.6

221,831

222,386

219,806

217,281

2.1

Durable goods industries.....................…..
Wood products…………..…………………
Nonmetallic mineral products……………..
Primary metals……………….…..…………
Fabricated metal products……………………
Machinery……………………………………
Computers and electronic products……..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………………………….
Transportation equipment…………………
Furniture and related products……………
Miscellaneous products………...………….

106,908
3,915
5,518
10,407
15,693
24,360
12,891

106,938
3,837
5,620
10,308
15,606
24,231
13,147

106,267
3,807
5,560
10,249
15,587
23,854
13,105

0.0
2.0
-1.8
1.0
0.6
0.5
-1.9

0.6
0.8
1.1
0.6
0.1
1.6
0.3

0.8
-0.8
0.6
0.2
-0.2
0.9
2.7

106,358
3,875
5,382
10,387
15,506
23,876
12,902

108,258
3,799
5,504
10,209
15,608
24,240
13,672

106,938
3,775
5,553
10,305
15,854
23,594
13,235

101,885
3,756
5,275
10,358
15,802
20,840
12,037

4.4
3.2
2.0
0.3
-1.9
14.6
7.2

5,051
14,259
2,173
12,641

5,042
14,244
2,175
12,728

5,045
14,101
2,157
12,802

0.2
0.1
-0.1
-0.7

-0.1
1.0
0.8
-0.6

0.8
0.3
0.9
1.8

5,028
14,435
2,194
12,773

5,137
14,921
2,253
12,915

5,111
14,451
2,255
12,805

4,985
13,840
2,143
12,849

0.9
4.3
2.4
-0.6

Nondurable goods industries..............……..
Food products...…...........………..……..
Beverage and tobacco products..................
Textiles.............….....…...…….......……
Textile products……..………..…………….
Apparel……………….……………………..
Leather and allied products…….………….
Paper products..…………..….….....……..
Printing ………….………………...………..
Petroleum and coal products……………..
Chemical products…………………..………
Plastics and rubber products……..….……

113,635
25,915
7,580
1,427
1,250
1,170
471
5,793
1,641
23,073
34,745
10,570

112,732
25,738
7,598
1,424
1,244
1,195
463
5,902
1,636
22,525
34,540
10,467

111,750
25,749
7,682
1,434
1,254
1,179
458
5,932
1,637
21,574
34,401
10,450

0.8
0.7
-0.2
0.2
0.5
-2.1
1.7
-1.8
0.3
2.4
0.6
1.0

0.9
0.0
-1.1
-0.7
-0.8
1.4
1.1
-0.5
-0.1
4.4
0.4
0.2

0.4
-1.2
-0.3
-0.6
0.5
0.9
1.8
0.0
-1.1
4.4
-0.2
-0.7

115,473
27,157
7,758
1,414
1,253
1,290
474
5,798
1,630
23,524
34,618
10,557

114,128
26,681
7,759
1,406
1,257
1,303
482
5,890
1,640
22,524
34,746
10,440

112,868
25,772
7,870
1,422
1,255
1,270
473
5,962
1,658
21,976
34,680
10,530

115,396
27,201
7,511
1,465
1,315
1,225
427
5,951
1,549
21,771
36,430
10,551

0.1
-0.2
3.3
-3.5
-4.7
5.3
11.0
-2.6
5.2
8.1
-5.0
0.1

Preliminary

r

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

1

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories are for the end of the period. Not seasonally adjusted
estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday and trading-day differences,
where appropriate, as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not adjusted for price changes.
See note at end of Table 2 relating to survey error and revisions.

8

Table 7. Ratios of Manufacturers' Inventories to Shipments and Unfilled Orders
to Shipments, by Industry Group3
[Based on Seasonally Adjusted data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Inventory/Shipments ratio
Unfilled Orders/Shipments ratio1
Industry

All manufacturing industries 2.………………………

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

2012p

2012r

2012

2012

2012p

2012r

2012

2012

1.28

1.28

1.27

1.29

(X)

(X)

(X)

(X)

Computers and electronic products 2…………….
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………………....………………
Transportation equipment…………………………
Furniture and related products……………………
Miscellaneous products…………………………….

1.66
1.47
1.43
1.20
1.69
2.07
1.66

1.67
1.44
1.44
1.22
1.69
2.06
1.69

1.61
1.46
1.44
1.21
1.69
2.03
1.63

1.63
1.46
1.44
1.22
1.68
1.97
1.59

6.24
(X)
(X)
1.10
3.16
4.21
7.57

6.28
(X)
(X)
1.13
3.16
4.28
7.67

6.23
(X)
(X)
1.17
3.16
4.42
7.56

6.28
(X)
(X)
1.19
3.12
4.48
7.21

1.58
1.74
1.15
1.71

1.56
1.76
1.15
1.74

1.55
1.59
1.16
1.77

1.54
1.70
1.15
1.74

2.35
14.52
1.40
(X)

2.38
14.66
1.37
(X)

2.36
13.79
1.38
(X)

2.39
14.77
1.38
(X)

Nondurable goods industries………………………..
Food products……………………………………….
Beverage and tobacco products………………….
Textiles……………….…….……….………………..
Textile products……………….….…………………
Apparel………….…………..…..….…………………
Leather and allied products………………………..
Paper products…………………..…………………..
Printing………………...….…………………………..
Petroleum and coal products………………………
Chemical products………………..…………………
Plastics and rubber products………………………

0.94
0.75
1.51
1.38
1.60
1.88
1.96
1.01
0.79
0.72
1.16
1.24

0.94
0.74
1.43
1.37
1.58
1.80
1.92
1.02
0.80
0.72
1.16
1.24

0.96
0.74
1.46
1.37
1.62
1.79
1.87
1.03
0.81
0.74
1.17
1.24

0.97
0.74
1.51
1.39
1.65
1.85
1.85
1.03
0.82
0.76
1.19
1.25

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

2

Durable goods industries .....…........………………
Wood products………………..……………………..
Nonmetallic mineral products…………………….
Primary metals……………….………………………
Fabricated metal products…………………………
Machinery……………….…..……….……………….

X Not Applicable

p

Preliminary

r

Revised data due to late receipts and concurrent seasonal adjustment.

1

Excludes the following industries with no unfilled orders: Wood products; nonmetallic mineral products;
medical equipment and supplies; office supplies; other miscellaneous manufacturing; cutlery and handtools;
farm and garden machinery; computer storage and peripheral devices; audio and video equipment; manufacturing
and reproducing magnetic and optical media; batteries; automobiles; light trucks and utility vehicles; heavy duty
trucks; and miscellaneous furniture.

2

Unfilled orders to shipments ratio excludes semiconductor manufacturing.

Table 8. Revisions to Previously Published Monthly Percent Changes3
[Based on Seasonally Adjusted data from the Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders Survey.]
Shipments
New Orders
Unfilled Orders
Inventories

Industry
Sep1
2012
All manufacturing industries.…..…..…….

Sep2
2011Aug
2012

Sep1
2012

Sep2
2011Aug
2012

Sep1
2012

Sep2
2011Aug
2012

Sep1
2012

Sep2
2011Aug
2012

(X)

0.2

(X)

0.3

(X)

0.1

(X)

0.1

Durable goods industries.....…........…….
Wood products………………..……………
Nonmetallic mineral products…………..
Primary metals……………….……………..
Fabricated metal products………………..
Machinery……………….…..……….……..
Computers and electronic products…..
Electrical equipment, appliances,
and components………………....…….
Transportation equipment………………..
Furniture and related products………….
Miscellaneous products………………….

0.0
(X)
(X)
-0.1
-0.2
0.0
0.7

0.2
0.6
0.7
0.8
0.3
0.8
0.8

-0.1
(X)
(X)
-0.2
0.0
0.0
1.4

0.4
(NA)
(NA)
1.5
0.7
1.4
1.1

0.0
(X)
(X)
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.1

0.1
(NA)
(NA)
0.7
0.3
0.3
0.2

0.0
(X)
(X)
0.1
0.0
0.0
-0.2

0.1
0.4
0.2
0.5
0.2
0.2
0.1

-0.2
-0.2
(X)
(X)

0.4
0.4
0.4
0.7

-0.9
-0.4
(X)
(X)

1.1
1.3
0.6
0.7

-0.4
-0.1
(X)
(X)

0.5
0.2
0.6
0.5

0.3
0.0
(X)
(X)

0.4
0.2
0.4
0.4

Nondurable goods industries……………….
Food products……………………………..
Beverage and tobacco products…………
Textiles……………….…….……….………
Textile products……………….….………..
Apparel………….…………..…..….……….
Leather and allied products………………..
Paper products…………………..………….
Printing………………...….…………………
Petroleum and coal products……………..
Chemical products………………..…………
Plastics and rubber products……………..

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

0.4
0.1
0.8
0.3
0.5
1.1
0.8
0.2
0.9
1.1
0.5
0.4

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)
(NA)

(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)
(X)

0.1
0.2
0.2
0.3
0.3
0.8
0.5
0.2
0.6
0.5
0.2
0.2

X Not Applicable

NA Not Available

1

The current month revisions are the difference between the advance percent change and the percent change as shown in this
publication.

2

The twelve month revisions are the differences between the month-to-month percent changes of the preliminary and
final estimates. The monthly averages are the simple averages of the absolute values of the differences for the months specified.
The advance to final percent change revisions for the durable goods industries are shown in the advance report for the month.

3

Estimates of shipments and new orders are for the duration of the period, while estimates of unfilled orders and total inventories
are for the end of the period. Not seasonally adjusted estimates of shipments and new orders include adjusted data for non-calendar
reporters. Seasonally adjusted estimates include concurrent adjustments for holiday and trading-day differences, where appropriate,
as well as seasonal variation, based on the results of the latest annual review of the model parameters. Estimates are not adjusted
for price changes.

9

Survey Description
This report is compiled from results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories,
and Orders (M3) survey. This survey provides statistics on manufacturers' value of shipments, new
orders (net of cancellations), end-of-month order backlog (unfilled orders), end-of-month total inventory
(at current cost or market value), and inventories by stage of fabrication (materials and supplies, work-inprocess, and finished goods). The M3 includes approximately 4,300 reporting units. Units may be
divisions of diversified large companies, large homogenous companies, or single-unit manufacturers in 89
industry categories. Due to the small monthly sample, these 89 categories have been combined into 65
publication levels. The survey methodology assumes that the month-to-month changes of the total
operations of those companies in the monthly survey effectively represent the month-to-month
movements of all establishments that make up the category. The current coverage levels in the survey
show that reported data in the monthly survey represent approximately 60 percent of the shipments
estimates at the total manufacturing level. Data published represent manufacturing in a calendar month.
The data collection is based on a voluntary survey authorized by Title 13 of the United States Code.
The data presented in this release are based on data obtained from a panel of 4,300 reporting units and
provide an indication of the activity within the manufacturing sector. The results differ from what would
be obtained from a complete enumeration of all manufacturing companies. In addition, a different panel
of 4,300 companies would yield different results. The M3 panel is comprised of companies with $500
million or more in shipments and a limited number of smaller companies. From a statistical perspective,
the panel is not a probability sample; therefore, the sampling errors that are normally provided with
sample surveys cannot be measured. Nonsampling errors are attributable to many sources. The use of
company or divisional reports to estimate the monthly change for establishments is one source of
nonsampling error. The use of primarily large companies to represent the month-to-month movement of
all companies is another potential source. Any corrections will be published in the full report.
Corrections received after the full report will be released in the next month’s advance report. Any
revisions made later than two months will be reflected in the annual benchmark publication.
Additional survey documentation can be found on our web site: http://www.census.gov/m3.

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