PMI

Manufacturing outlook down as PMI slumps

 

PMI_down.jpgThe seasonally adjusted ABSA Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slumped in April 2017, after a solid performance during Q1 2017. The index fell to 44.7 index points from an average of 51.9 during Q1.

March PMI dips slightly - results compiled before President's cabinet shuffle

 

PMI.jpgThe Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) managed to hold on to recent gains and dipped only slightly lower in March 2017. The index declined to 52.2 points from February’s 52.5 points, remaining above the neutral 50-point mark for a third straight month, noted the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

PMI continues gains in February

 

PMI_July.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose by a further 1.6 points to 52.5 index points in February, after a 4.2-point rise in January. The second consecutive improvement in the PMI and the broad-based nature of the uptick across the key subcomponents is a positive sign that the manufacturing sector started the year on a solid footing, said the Bureau for Economic Research.

January PMI up 4.2 points to 50.9

 

charts_graphs.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 50.9 in January 2017, up from 46.7 in December 2016. This was the first time since July 2016 that the index edged above the neutral 50-point mark, suggesting that the manufacturing sector started the year on a relatively solid footing.

December PMI down by 1.6 points

 

DecreasingGraph.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 46.7 index points in December 2016 from 48.3 in November.

PMI up by 2.4 points


ClearSkies.jpgThe Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reversed October’s losses and rose by 2.4 points to 48.3 index points in November, reports the Bureau for Economic Research.

Despite the improvement, this was the fourth straight month that the index remained below the neutral 50-point mark, suggesting that factory sector output growth remains under pressure.

PMI drops by 2.6 points

 

Graph.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell by 2.6 index points to 45.9 in October from a downwardly revised 48.5 points in September.

The current level is at its worst since January and well below the neutral 50-point mark, which suggests that the manufacturing sector experienced a lacklustre start to Q4 2016.

PMI up by 3.2 points

 

ClearSkies.jpgThe Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose by 3.2 points to reach 49.5 index points in September. However, the September reading, as well as the average for Q3 2016, are below the neutral 50-point mark.

The average reading for Q3 is well below the Q2 average, suggesting a slowdown in actual quarter-on-quarter manufacturing production growth after a solid performance in Q2, notes the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

PMI down in 2 consecutive months

 

PMI11.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ index (PMI) declined by 6.2 index points to reach 46.3 in August 2016. The magnitude of the drop was somewhat surprising after the PMI remained above the neutral 50-point mark during the preceding five months, said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

PMI down 1.2 points, but began Q3 strong

pmi.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell by 1.2 index points to 52.5 in July. Despite the slight drop, the current level still signals that the sector experienced a reasonably strong start to Q3 2016 after a robust performance during Q2, reports the Bureau for Economic Research.

The PMI remains in line with recent Eurozone manufacturing PMI readings (a key export market for South-African produced goods). Initial data releases suggest that the Eurozone economy has so far remained relatively resilient after the UK’s brexit vote, which is encouraging for the local sector’s export performance going forward.

Manufacturing optimism - PMI up almost two points

 

PMI_July.jpgManufacturing optimism increased to 53.7 index points in June from 51.9 in May, surprising economists who had expected it to fall to 50.46, a Barclays-sponsored poll of purchasing managers, released on Friday, showed.


June marked the fourth month the purchasing managers index (PMI) remained above 50 points.

PMI recovers to realistic level after April's "overstated high"

 

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The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) lost some of the ground it gained in April, falling back to 51.9 index points in May - a decrease of 3 index points from April’s 54.9 index points.

Despite the drop, the headline PMI managed to remain above the neutral 50-point mark for a third straight month. As indicated last month, the size of the relative increase in the headline PMI in April may have overstated actual production growth. The current level is, therefore, likely to be more indicative of conditions in the sector, noted the Economic Research.

PMI improved strongly in April - surged 4.4 index points

 

Graph.jpgThe South African Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) continued its recent upward move and reached 54.9 index points in April. The PMI rose from 50.5 in March and is now more than 10 points above the level recorded just three months ago, noted the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).


The new sales orders index rose for a third straight month and the improvement in demand filtered through to higher output. 

 

PMI continues climb in March


South Africa’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) rose to 50.5 index points in March 2016. This is the first time since July 2015 that the index managed to edge above the neutral 50-point mark, signalling a possible expansion in the sector. While the improvement in March is encouraging, the average reading for Q1 2016 (47) is only 1.4 points better than the average recorded in Q4 2015, noted the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).

February PMI above 2015's Q4 average

 

PMI_up.jpgSouth Africa’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased to 47.1 index points in February 2016, up from 43.5 in January. The highest level since October 2015, the index is now above the average recorded in 2015’s fourth quarter (Q4) of 45.6 index points.

PMI down 2 points - unlikely to pick up soon

 

pmi.jpgThe South African manufacturing sector started 2016 on the back foot as the seasonally adjusted Barclays purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell by 2 index points to 43.5 in January.


This is more than 5 index points below the average level recorded in 2015.


According to Miyelani Maluleka, economist at Barclays Africa the index suggests that manufacturing is shrinking for the six straight month and he notes activity levels are now as weak as they were during the financial crisis.


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