CEMA Reports Lower Booked Orders and Shipments

NAPLES, Fla.-- The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports its October 2008 Booked Orders Index was 134 down 7 points or a decrease of 5% from September 2008’s Index of 141. The October 2008 Index shows an increase of 3% from the October 2007 Index of 130.

October Booked Orders Indexes were 212 for Bulk Handling Equipment* and 105 for Unit Handling Equipment*.

The Twelve-Month Index for Booked Orders was 139 in October. Index in October represents no change from September 2008’s Twelve-Month Index of 139.

The CEMA Billed Sales (shipments) Index was 147 in October. Index in October is down 11 points or 7% from September 2008’s Index of 158. The October 2008 Index represents an increase of 1 point or 1% from the October 2007 Index of 146.

October Billed Sales Indexes were 241 for Bulk Handling Equipment* and 124 for Unit Handling Equipment*.

The Twelve-Month Index for Billed Sales was 148 in October. Index in October represents no change from September 2008’s Twelve-Month Index of 148.

* Since Bulk Handling Systems booked and billed sales are reported quarterly and are averaged back to the two preceding months, the booked and billed indexes for non-quarter ending months for Bulk Handling Equipment and Category X, total of all categories, are adjusted quarterly.

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