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For immediate release
Contact: Katherine Dibling, Senior Media Representative, (215) 574-4119
Regional manufacturing activity continued to show improvement in March, according to the respondents to the Business Outlook Survey. The survey's broadest indicators either improved from their readings last month or remained at relatively high levels. The diffusion index of current activity increased to 43.4 from 35.9 in February. This is the highest reading since January 1984.
Increases in input prices continued to be widespread. The survey's broad indicators of future activity also showed notable improvement this month.
This survey, which was started in 1968, gathers information on the manufacturing industry in the Third Federal Reserve District covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The survey asks about the current pace of business in the participants' plants and their future expectations of business.
To arrange an interview, contact Katherine Dibling, the Bank's senior media representative, at (215) 574-4119. The next Business Outlook Survey will be released at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011, and will be made available on our website and over Businesswire. The aggregate historical data series is also available on the Bank’s website.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia helps formulate and implement monetary policy, supervises banks and bank holding companies, and provides financial services to depository institutions and the federal government. It is one of the 12 regional Reserve Banks that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware.