Japan manufacturing surge sinks to eight-month minimum

Japan manufacturing surge sinks to eight-month minimum

In July, surge in Japan's manufacturing activity decreased for the second straight month, as a preliminary private poll demonstrated on Monday. It was provoked by stagnating export demand.

In July, the Markit/Nikkei Japan Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index slumped to 52.2 on a seasonally adjusted basis from June’s outcome of 52.4.

The outcome was an eight-month minimum, though it stood above the 50 threshold separating contraction from expansion for the 11th consecutive month.

The given slowdown was powered by stagnation in export orders, while reports of weaker demand from South East Asia contributed too. That’s what Paul Smith told - senior economist at IHS Markit. He added that nevertheless, the sector keeps generating jobs, with employment surge remaining amongst the best since the financial downtime.

In June, the preliminary index for fresh export orders edged down to 50.0 from 53.4. As for June’s output component, it sank to 51.4 from 52.2.

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