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Houston Industry Picks Up Speed In February

New orders up sharply, but raw material purchases sink.

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The Houston Purchasing Managers Index registered 58.7% for February. That’s up from 57.1% in January. The index has a range of 0 to 100. Readings over 50 generally indicate production will expand over the near term.

Ross Harvison is business survey chair with the Institute of Supply Management — Houston.

“We saw really good improvements in new orders and also saw production increment up a little bit, but we also saw the lead times being stretched out, and while having long lead times can be an issue in a production environment, it’s also an indication that the economy is getting better.”

The main weak spot for the month was a drop in the purchase of raw materials by plants. But Harvison says those purchases still remain at levels consistent with strong economic growth.

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