Conveyor Orders Increase, Pace Decreases

NAPLES, Fla.-The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association reports that its April 2008 Booked Orders Index was 137, down 15 points or a decrease of 10% from March 2008's Index of 152 (1990=100). The April 2008 Index represents an increase of 10% from the April 2007 Index of124.

April Booked Orders Indexes were 210 for Bulk Handling Equipment* and 111 for Unit Handling Equipment* (1990=100). The Twelve-Month Index for Booked Orders was 154 in April.

Index in April represents an increase of 1% from March 2008's Twelve-Month Index of 153. The CEMA Billed Sales (shipments) Index was 137 in April. Index in April is down 20 points or 13% from March 2008's Index of 157. The April 2008 Index represents a decrease of six points or 4% from the April 2007 Index of 143.

April Billed Sales Indexes were 208 for Bulk HandlingEquipment and 123 for Unit Handling Equipment* (1990=100). The Twelve-Month Index for Billed Sales was 146 in April. Index in April represents no change from March 2008's Twelve-Month Index of 146.

*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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