Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2/12/2014: BRIC Manufacturing PMIs: November 2014

BRIC Manufacturing PMIs are out for November and here are the results:

  • Brazil's Manufacturing Activity posted another (3rd in a row) monthly sub-50 reading, falling to 48.7 in November from 49.1 in October. This is the weakest reading since July 2013, matching the same reading in June 2014. 3mo average through November is at 49.0 against 3mo average through August at 49.2. The rot has been long-running: 3mo average through November 2013 was 50.0.
  • Russia's Manufacturing PMI rose to 51.7 in November from 50.3 in October. Details were discussed here: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2014/12/1122014-russia-manufacturing-pmi.html Overall, Russian manufacturing expanded at the second fastest pace of all BRIC economies in November.
  • China Manufacturing PMI disappointed as well - coming in at 50.0 in November 2014 down from already anaemic 50.4 in October. 3mo average is at 50.2 - very weak and 3mo average through August was 50.5. 3mo average through November 2013 was 50.7 - also weak by Chinese standards.
  • India Manufacturing PMI posted a significant improvement. In October 2014, PMI reading was 51.6 - the fastest growth of all BRIC economies, with November reading rising to 53.3 - again the fastest growth in the BRIC economies. 3mo average through november 2014 is at 52.0 against 3mo average through August of 52.1 and an improvement on 3mo average through November 2013 at 50.2.

Table summarising Manufacturing PMI for October-November:

All in, strong gains in India continuing, while Russia posted surprising uplift in activity in November that requires future confirmation of an upward trend. Brazil is gravely weak, and getting weaker, while China is on an edge of slipping into contraction.

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