June mfg PMI posts fastest growth in 2018 so far

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jul 2018 12:13:48




THE country’s manufacturing sector activity in June grew at the strongest pace this year, supported by rise in domestic and export orders, says a monthly survey. The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose from 51.2 in May to 53.1 in June, registering the fastest improvement since December 2017.This is the 11th consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI remained above the 50-point mark. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. “India’s manufacturing economy closed the quarter on a solid footing against a backdrop of robust demand conditions, highlighted by the sharpest gains in output and new orders since last December,” said Aashna Dodhia, Economist at IHS Markit and author of the report.Reflecting greater production requirements, manufacturing firms were encouraged to engage in purchasing activity and raise their staffing levels.

“On the jobs front, the latest survey data pointed to a healthy labour market, with job creation accelerating to the sharpest since December 2017,” Dodhia said.On price front, input cost inflation and output charges rose at a stronger pace, indicating that the RBI might tighten monetary policy. “Input cost inflation quickened to the strongest since Julyy 2014 in June, suggesting that the central bank could remain under pressure to tighten monetary policy,” Dodhia added.