India manufacturing growth slows again in March

04 April, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Teresa Adams
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The IHS Markit/Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose slightly to 55.1 in March from 55.0 in February. Monday's headline number was below the Investing.com forecast of 55.7. The average PMI reading over the opening three months of 2018 meanwhile indicated the best quarterly performance since the third quarter of 2014.

She also said the New Export Orders Index registered at a 15-month low, highlighting falling demand for Malaysian goods from global markets. That said, the rate of job creation eased to a seven-month low. Sentiment among euro area manufacturers regarding future output softened in March to a 15- month low but remained strongly positive overall.

"The survey data in March shows a slight improvement in the manufacturing sector and production and new orders are growing at a slower pace", said IHS Markit associate economist, Sian Jones.

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Production levels continued to grow in March, although the rate of increase was the slowest in five months. Where an increase was registered, firms linked this to improvements in market demand from both domestic and global markets. "Inputs, expressed as supplier deliveries, inventories and imports, were negatively impacted by weather conditions, Asian holidays, lead time extensions, steel and aluminum disruptions across many industries, supplier labor issues and transportation difficulties due to driver and equipment shortages", Fiore said. Other countries covered by the survey also saw solid rates of growth in the month.

"Input cost inflation intensified to the sharpest since October 2015, predominantly driven by higher raw material costs stemming from currency weakness relative to the USA dollar".

Inflation was 1.4 per cent last month, official flash estimates due on Wednesday are expected to show according to a Reuters poll, still well below the ECB's 2 per cent target ceiling.

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The US Dollar (via the DXY Index) has proven sturdy at the start of the new month and quarter as European markets have come online for the first time since last Thursday.

In Turkey, manufacturing output and new orders have increased, and so have cost burdens.

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