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 dropped but stayed over the 50-point mark.

The employment index showed a contraction for the second month in a row, after three consecutive months of expansion.

Delivery times were longer than in August.

The gauge of purchased inventories climbed for the fifth month in a row.