Switzerland PMI February 2018


Switzerland: Strong employment gains send manufacturing PMI marginally higher in February

March 1, 2018

In February, the manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) produced by Credit Suisse and procure.ch was broadly stable from a month earlier, inching up 0.2 points to 65.5 points from January’s 65.3 points. With February’s uptick, the index came within striking distance of December’s seven-year high and beat analysts’ expectations of a decline to 64.0 points. February’s reading landed well above the critical 50-point threshold that separates expansion from contraction in manufacturing output—exceeding the series’ long-term average for another month and signaling the ongoing strength of the manufacturing-driven recovery.

February’s elevated reading was the result of strong output and well-filled order books. Notably, strong employment gains in the month allowed firms to reduce their backlogs of orders. Moreover, stocks of finished goods were stable despite large purchased quantities, likely reflecting firms’ desire to insure against the further increase of input costs—purchase prices closed in on a record high in February. All told, the manufacturing sector appeared to be growing at levels only previously seen during boom years.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect fixed investment to increase 2.5% in 2018, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2019, the panel sees fixed investment growing 2.1%.


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Switzerland PMI February 2018

Note: Credit Suisse and procure.ch Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in business activity while a reading below 50 indicates a contraction.
Source: Credit Suisse and procure.ch

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