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Market Trends

NFPA is a source of data that can help you identify industry trends. Here are a few examples. The data used in the following charts are drawn from NFPA's Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS) program. The full CSS report is available to CSS participants only. To participate and start getting the most current information you need for your business contact Eric Armstrong, (414) 778-3372.

pneumatic, mobile and industrial hydraulic orders indexes 
Each point on this graph represents the most recent 12 months of orders compared to the previous 12 months of orders. Each point can be read as a percentage. For example, 104.7 (the February 2015 level of the industrial hydraulic series) indicates that industrial hydraulic orders received from March 2014 to February 2015 were 104.7% of the orders received from March 2013 to February 2014. (Base Year 2013 = 100)

total hydraulic and pneumatic shipments
This graph of 12-month moving averages shows that in March 2015, hydraulic shipments decreased and pneumatic shipments increased. (Base Year 2013 = 100)

Orders and Shipments – percent changes
Cumulative year-to-date 2015 vs. same months cumulative for 2014
  Pneumatic Industrial Hydraulic Mobile Hydraulic
  Shipments Orders Shipments Orders Shipments Orders
Dec 2014 6.1 5.8 4.1 6.1 2.9 3.7
Jan 2015 -5.7 -5.8 -2.4 -6.3 -4.7 -15.9
Feb 2015 -4.1 -4.3 -0.8 -4.5 -3.7 -17.3
The table above is expressed in terms of cumulative percent changes. These changes refer to the percent difference between the relevant cumulative total for 2015 and the total for the same months in 2014. For example, the February 2015 pneumatic orders figure of -4.3 means that for the calendar year through February 2015, pneumatic orders decreased 4.3% compared to the same time period in 2014. (Base Year 2013 = 100)

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