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Japan: Manufacturing PMI climbs to 19-month high in October

October 23, 2015

The Nikkei/Markit Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) jumped from September’s revised September 51.0 (previously reported: 50.9) to 52.5 in October. The print marked the highest reading since March 2014 and, as a result, the index is moving further above the 50-threshold that separates expansion from contraction in the manufacturing sector.

October’s result could contribute to ease concerns about the state of the economy, after a streak of weak data recently unveiled. Nikkei/Markit analysts stated that, “latest survey data indicated a marked improvement in operating conditions at Japanese manufacturers. Production increased at the joint-sharpest rate since February and was marked in the context of historical data. Meanwhile, growth in total new orders accelerated to the highest in over one-and-a-half years, underpinned by a solid increase in international demand. Subsequently, both employment and buying activity rose during the month, offsetting the declines seen in September."

Author: Ricard Torné, Lead Economist

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Japan PMI October 2015

Note: Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion in the manufacturing sector while readings below 50 indicate a contraction.
Source: Markit and Nikkei.

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