PMI at 49.6 in September
A PMI over 50 signals expansion in the manufacturing sector.
Among the PMI sub-indices, the new orders index fell from the previous month but remained over 50.
The production volume index also fell and dropped below the 50-point mark.
The employment index fell but still showed growth.
Delivery times were longer than in August.
The gauge of purchased inventories decreased and was under the 50-point mark.