Autumn tinge – PMI

14 Apr 2016




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Catherine Beard

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New Zealand's manufacturing sector continued to experience a slower rate of expansion in March, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

The seasonally adjusted PMI for March was 54.7 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was 1.2 points down from February, and the lowest level of expansion since October 2015.  The sector has now been in continued expansion since October 2012.

BusinessNZ's executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that the dip in expansion for March was across all the sub-indices, with employment in slight contraction for the second month running.

"While a number of negative comments mentioned a slowdown in both domestic and offshore orders, it is still important to remember that two-thirds of comments from manufacturers remain positive, not to mention that the sector is still in expansion mode."    

BNZ Senior Economist Doug Steel said 'while there are some conflicting signals in the details, the PMI indicates ongoing growth in the manufacturing sector overall. NZ's PMI remains well ahead of many other major economy equivalents.'

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Senior Economist, BNZ

PMI Looks Solid

SolidNew Zealand's Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) showed a slower rate of expansion in March (54.7) compared to February (55.9), which itself was slower than January (57.9). A slowdown for sure, but it would have to extend quite a bit further before it became a genuine growth worry.

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Devil In The Detail?

Even though the PMI remains robust overall, there are a few potential devils in the detail. Lower employment and a relatively high inventory reading are worth monitoring from here.

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Are New Orders Up, Down or Sideways?

New orders are a good gauge of near term demand. The problem is the PMI survey and last week's QSBO are giving highly conflicting signals on this front.

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NZ Still Stands Out

On a three month average basis, NZ's PMI still stands head and shoulders above similar indicators from major economies around the world.

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PMI Time Series Table

The results are seasonally adjusted.

National Indicies Mar
BNZ - BusinessNZ PMI
Employment 50.553.852.554.248.848.6
New Orders56.758.260.059.960.758.2
Finished Stocks52.750.755.254.557.255.5

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J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMITM
1 Apr 2016


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