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News : Global Economy Last Updated: Apr 4, 2011 - 5:35 PM

Global manufacturing growth remained robust in March 2011
By Finfacts Team
Apr 4, 2011 - 2:21 AM

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Source: Markit

The JPMorgan Global Manufacturing PMI fell to a three-month low of 55.8 in March 2011, from a near-record high of 57.4 in February.

The PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index) has now remained above the neutral 50.0 mark for 21 consecutive months.

Manufacturing production rose at a robust clip in March. Although he rate of growth eased to a four-month low, it was still above the long-run survey average and consistent with global industrial production expanding by between 5-6% saar (seasonally adjusted annual rate).

The US manufacturing recovery continued to power ahead, with the rate of expansion the fastest in over seven years. China also saw a faster expansion, but not to an extent to fully recover the momentum lost following a marked slowdown in February.

Although growth generally held up well in the other major industrial regions, rates of expansion were mostly slower than in recent months.

The Eurozone saw output rise at the slowest pace so far in the year-to-date and the UK at the least marked pace since last October. However, both saw growth remain well above their respective long-run survey averages. Rates of expansion stayed close to February highs in India and Russia. Meanwhile, the effects of the Tohoku earthquake meant that Japanese manufacturing output fell to the greatest extent since March 2009.

March saw growth of new orders also ease from the near-record highs signalled in the preceding two months. Rates of expansion moderated in the US, the Eurozone and China, while in the UK inflows of new business slowed sharply. Japan saw a marked decrease in incoming new orders.

New export orders posted a further solid gain in March, despite the rate of increase slipping to a three-month low. Growth slowed sharply in the US and also moderated in the Eurozone and the UK. Japan saw a slight reduction. China recorded a marginal increase in new exports following a decline in February.

Job creation was reported for the sixteenth month running in March, with the rate of increase remaining close to February's series record peak. Employment rose in almost all of the major industrial regions covered by the survey, the main exception being India. Rates of jobs growth were highest in the US and Germany, with the latter seeing employment rise at a survey record pace. March saw a further marked increase in average input prices, with the rate of inflation remaining close to February's two-and-a-half year peak. Input prices indices were generally higher in the developed nations, especially the US where cost inflation hit a 32-month peak. The rate of increase in input prices in emerging markets eased sharply, led by China and Taiwan.

Commenting on the survey, David Hensley, Director of Global Economics Coordination at JPMorgan, said: "Although easing from a near-record high in February, the March PMI data remained well above long-run trend and consistent with a robust increase in global IP of around 5-6% saar. This month's global PMI was considerably stronger excluding Japan, where the natural disasters sent the Japan PMI and industrial output plunging. There was little visible sign of supply-chain disruptions in the March surveys, but this effect is likely to be more visible in EM Asia in April."

The Global Report on Manufacturing is compiled by Markit based on the results of surveys covering over 7,500 purchasing executives in almost 30 countries. Together these countries account for an estimated 86% of global manufacturing output.

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