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December Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®: PMI at 58.6%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in December for the 19th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 38th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business®.

The report was issued today by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing Business Survey Committee and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corporation. "December's PMI, driven by a significant increase in the New Orders Index, is very encouraging as growth has accelerated for the second consecutive month. This completes a strong year for manufacturing based on the ISM data, as the overall index averaged above 60 percent for 2004. While there is continuing upward pressure on prices, the rate of increase is slowing and definitely trending in the right direction."

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ISM Seminar Update - February Topics

How can you save $200, enhance your purchasing skills and earn Continuing Education Hours? It's easy, just register for one of ISM's professional seminars. ISM is committed to your success and we're presenting the following topics in February:

Register 30 days or more in advance to receive the $200 discount. Save even more when you register online. To learn more about ISM's professional seminars or to search other great topics, dates and locations click here.

If you or a colleague can benefit from attending one or more of these skill-building seminars, contact ISM today. To speak to a Customer Service Associate, call 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Or visit ISM online at

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Newest Issue of eDigest: Chemicals Newsletter Released Today

The January issue of eDigest Chemicals newsletter was distributed today. If you're not a subscriber to this free newsletter check out what you missed in today's issue:

  • Chemical Industry News
    • Chemistry Jobs Outlook
    • Promoting Product Stewardship
  • Chemical Supply Chain Security Feature
  • Commodity Report

If you would like to subscribe to eDigest Chemicals click here.

To view a copy of today's eDigest Chemicals newsletter click here.

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A.P.P. Reminder

Reminder: After February 28, 2005, ISM will no longer accept new exam registrations for the A.P.P. designation.

For more information click here.

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Web Site of Interest

Today's Web Site of Interest is: SOFTSEARCH.

The SoftSearch Web site is a directory of commercial and industrial software products. SoftSearch tracks over 250,000 commercial business and specialty software products. There are 50 searchable categories on the Web site including purchasing, manufacturing, inventory management, and transportation. There's also a Software Request Form that customers can fill out with their specifications if they need help with their search.

To check out this Web site click here.

Please note: This external Internet address contains information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of ISM. Links from this Web site, or any other Web site(s) accessible from this Web site, to any product, entity, service, or information, do not constitute a recommendation by ISM. ISM is not responsible for the contents of any other Web site.

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Term of the Day

Today's ISM Term of the Day is: DISKETTE.

Definition: A small disk with a magnetizable surface upon which computer data can be stored.

A different Term of the Day is posted on the ISM Home Page ( each day -- 7 days a week. The Term of the Day is taken from the Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms.

ISM members can access the online Members Only Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms which includes terms from the private, public, and various industry sectors, and from a wide variety of sources. The Glossary can be browsed alphabetically, or searched by keyword.

To access the Glossary click here.

If you are not a member but would like membership information click here.

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