Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2/6/15: BRIC Manufacturing PMI: Continued Pain in May


Things got pretty ugly for Manufacturing sector across the BRIC economies in April, and the trend continues into May. The latest data from Markit shows that:

  • Brazil Manufacturing PMI slipped marginally from strongly contractionary 46.0 in April to 45.9 in May. 3mo average through May is now at an abysmal 46.0 against 3mo average through February at 50.2, 3mo average through May 2014 was 49.6. All in, this is the fourth consecutive month of sub-50 readings and adjusting for statistical significance, PMI index rose above 50.0 only once over the last 16 months. This May reading is the lowest for any month since September 2011.
  • Russia Manufacturing PMI fell from a contractionary 48.9 reading in April to a very poor 47.6 in May. 3mo average through May is now at 48.2 - not a disaster, but poor - against 3mo average through February at 48.7, 3mo average through May 2014 was 48.6. All in, this is the sixth consecutive month of sub-50 readings and adjusting for statistical significance, PMI index rose above 50.0 only once over the last 9 months. May 2015 reading ties for the lowest level of PMI for the Russian economy since June 2009.
  • China Manufacturing PMI rose marginally from a contractionary 48.9 reading in April to a still sub-50 reading of 49.2 in May. 3mo average through May is now at 49.2 - a poor reading for the economy - against 3mo average through February at 50.0, 3mo average through May 2014 was 48.5. This May marks the third consecutive month of sub-50 readings and adjusting for statistical significance, PMI index rose above 50.0 last time in July 2014.
  • India Manufacturing PMI continued to buck the BRIC trend, staying above 50.0 mark, albeit slipping from 53.0 reading in April to 52.6 in May. 3mo average through May is now at 52.0 against 3mo average through February at 52.9, 3mo average through May 2014 was 51.3. All in, this is the 19th consecutive month of above-50 readings.


Overall, three out of four BRIC economies posted sub-50 PMIs for Manufacturing in May, for the third consecutive month in a row, while the fourth BRIC economy (India) posted slowdown in the rate of positive growth in the sector.

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