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August manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dips to a 15-month low

August manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index dips to a 15-month low

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Sep 2019 12:12 PM GMT

New Delhi: (Slowing economy and rise in input costs pulled India's August manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) to a 15-month low.

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit India manufacturing PMI came in at 51.4 in August, its lowest since May 2018. In July, the index stood at 52.5.

An index reading of above 50 indicates overall increase compared with the previous month, and below 50 the decrease.

According to the report, despite flow of new business, the rate of expansion eased to a 15-month low.

The subdued sales to domestic and international clients in turn curbed output growth, which softened to the weakest in a year. Some survey members also reported cash-flow issues and lack of available finance.

Commenting on the latest survey, Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit, said, "August saw an undesirable combination of slowing economic growth and greater cost inflationary pressures in the Indian manufacturing industry."

Most Purchasing Managers Index indices moved lower, including key health-check measures for new orders, output and employment. In the last two cases, the rate of expansion was particularly weak when we look at the survey history. (IANS)

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