ISM™'s Semiannual Release and Economic Outlook Presentation

FOR RELEASE: February 18, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) — In the Institute for Supply Management™'s December 2002 Semiannual Economic Forecast, supply management executives' expectations for 2003 were higher in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Both sectors were more optimistic about 2003, and were predicting a stronger economic growth after the slowdown experienced in 2002. Attend ISM's May 2003 Economic Outlook to determine how accurate that forecast was, whether or not these sectors remained in a growth mode, and what's in store for the balance of 2003.

In a live release, conference attendees, members of the press, executive-level supply management professionals, and leading economists will have the rare opportunity to receive ISM's Semiannual Forecast before its public release. ISM's Semiannual Forecast, presented by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair, ISM Manufacturing Report On Business® and Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M., chair, ISM Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®, reveals what supply management executives anticipate for the economy during the balance of 2003. It will also provide participants with key economic indications on how to better manage all areas in supply management in these uncertain financial times. Additionally, they will gain knowledge that will assist them in understanding the current economic situation and the financial future of the U.S. manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

The Economic Outlook presentation will bring attendees face-to-face with leading economic experts Kathleen Cooper, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D., Regent's Professor Emeritus of Economics (retired), Georgia State University, who will share key trends and information to help you gain in-depth knowledge of the current U.S. economy.

Be part of this pivotal session on May 20, 2003, by registering for ISM's 88th Annual Conference at To obtain a press pass, please contact Kristen Kioa at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3015, or send an email to


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