New orders push factory PMI up in August

China official Manufacturing and Non-manufacturing PMIs(August) coming up today - preview

Survey compiler Caixin's factory sector purchasing managers' index rose from a reading of 51.1 for July to 51.6 in August. All five measures of performance - output, new orders, employment, suppliers' delivery times and stocks of purchases - showed an increase, with production seeing the steepest rise for seven months.

The domestic market was the prime source of new contract wins, while the trend in new export business also remained robust.

The rate of expansion in the United Kingdom manufacturing sector accelerated again in August.

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The manufacturing sector slumped to its lowest level in July - its lowest mark since February 2009 - dragged down by disruptions to business activity following the introduction of GST.

United Kingdom manufacturing activity surged in August, according to data released by IHS Markit Friday, with sentiment among businesses across the industry hitting a three year peak during the recent month. "The drop in the output index indicates that manufacturing could act as a drag on the economy in the third quarter, with exports dampening order book growth".

A Chinese manufacturing index expanded to its highest in six months in August, a private survey showed Friday.

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In addition, the government's new tax policy - the Goods and Services Tax - has hurt both manufacturing and services firms by creating confusion over product pricing.

While remaining elevated, United Kingdom inflation unexpectedly eased from 2.9% to 2.6% in July. However, nearly 31% of companies said they experienced an increase in the price of materials required for their operations, generally linked to the rising cost of commodities. Manufacturers' selling prices rose at a solid, yet slower, pace.

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Markit said the breadth of expansion made it look more likely that United Kingdom manufacturing would continue to grow over the second half of the year.

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