Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Turkey: Manufacturing index at 44.3 points in October

China's Manufacturing Sector Expands Marginally Manufacturing growth slows in October - PMI
Laurie Berry | 04 November, 2018, 17:21

United Kingdom manufacturing growth slumped to the lowest since the aftermath of the Brexit vote last month. At the same time, input cost inflation remained sharp and delivery times for materials lengthened amid stretched worldwide supply chains.

The U.S. has imposed additional tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports since July, while Beijing has retaliated with new levies on $110 billion of U.S. goods. Some companies reported that Brexit uncertainties had negatively impacted inflows of new work from within the EU.

US manufacturing firms signalled a strong start to the final quarter of 2018, with operating conditions improving at a faster pace in October. Job creation was the strongest since December 2017, it said, adding that businesses were able to lower their outstanding business volumes for the second straight month. Moreover, it was the strongest expansion since June, albeit only moderate overall. "We handle the foreign exchange needs of companies from a very broad spectrum of sectors and our experience is that companies across the United Kingdom are taking steps to prepare their businesses and create contingency plans".

Hayes said the introduction of the SST had "fuelled a further month of sharp input cost inflation in Malaysia's manufacturing sector" at a time when global raw material prices were rising and the domestic currency was weakening. That said, it was still below the long-run survey average of 54.3. Similarly, inventories of finished goods rose and at the quickest pace in nearly three and a half years.

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"Manufacturers are at the sharp end of the slowdown in global trade and the increasing reluctance of European customers to source components for Britain, given the risk that supply chains might fail in the event of a no-deal Brexit", says Samuel Tombs, chief United Kingdom economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. That said, optimism was stymied by concerns towards future market conditions. Inventories, at 50.7, dropped 2.6% while growing for the tenth consecutive month, albeit at a marginal level, according to the report, and struggling to keep pace with production and reflecting ongoing issues with supplier deliveries.

An Istanbul Chamber of Industry PMI Manufacturing Index report conducted in cooperation with IHS Markit showed a 1.6-point month-on-month rise in October pointing to a further easing of the health of the sector. The latest overall upturn in new work was the slowest for just under two years.

The Caixin index, one of the first available monthly indicators showing China's economic conditions, is closely watched by investors. Firms sought to increase their competitive edge, with marketing activity and investment in research and development, which meant business sentiment remained positive.

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