The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) survey for February, 2023 edged back into expansionary territory last month with a reading of 51.6, after January’s rebound to 47.7, seasonally adjusted.

The Forward Looking Indicator (FLI) also climbed from the previous reading, but remained soft at 43.8.

Key Takeaway:
The seasonally adjusted Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) registered its first expansionary (>50) reading since November, improving to 51.6 from 47.7 last month. Consistent with this, commentary from participants was also a bit more positive this month, with some respondents seeing “some positive signs” for the first time in a while. Looking forward, the Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) also improved, albeit remaining in contractionary territory, with a 43.8 reading. Overall, the FDI/FLI results suggest February saw improvement in fastener market conditions relative to January.


Stay tuned for episode #186 of the Fully Threaded Radio for further commentary and analysis.

FND encourages all North American fastener distributors to take part in the FDI. If you are interested in being a more active part of the fastener industry, you can apply to add your company to the FDI survey group. Complete the “Request an Invitation to Participate” form by clicking here. Once verified, you will receive login ID and password information and you will be notified by email every month when the survey period has been opened. – Fastener News Desk

About the Fastener Distributor Index (FDI).

The Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) was developed as a service to the fastener industry by the FCH Sourcing Network in 2012 to be a new benchmark for the fastener industry. The FDI is a monthly survey of North American fastener distributors, conducted with the FCH Sourcing Network and Baird with support from the National Fastener Distributors Association. It offers insights into current fastener industry trends/outlooks. Similarly, the Forward-Looking Indicator (FLI) is based on a weighted average of four forward-looking inputs from the FDI survey. This indicator is designed to provide directional perspective on future expectations for fastener market conditions. As diffusion indexes, values above 50.0 signal strength, while readings below 50.0 signal weakness. Over time, results should be directly relevant to Fastenal (FAST) and broadly relevant to other industrial distributors such as W.W. Grainger (GWW) and MSC Industrial (MSM).

The FDI Survey website is a resource than can be accessed by anyone, but it can only be updated by registered users during the monthly open survey period, which occurs during the last week of each month.


Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) – January 2023

Fastener Distributor Index (FDI) – December 2022


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