Slight uptick – PMI

15 Mar 2019

53.7

February

+0.7

Monthly Change

expanding

faster rate

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Executive Director,, ExportNZ & ManufacturingNZ

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New Zealand's manufacturing sector experienced a slightly improved level of expansion for February, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

The seasonally adjusted PMI for February was 53.7 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was 0.7 points up from January, and the second highest expansion level for the last nine months.

BusinessNZ's executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that overall, February was a stable month for the sector.

Looking at the main sub-index values, both production (53.9) and new orders (54.7) showed a part recovery after a noticeable drop in expansion levels during January.  However, employment (50.8) dropped a further 1.2 points to its lowest level since August 2018.

The slight improvement in February's results also meant the proportion of positive comments for February (51.1%) was up on January (47.7%), but still down from December (60.6%) and November (60.1%).  Seasonal factors were still evident throughout the comments, although a number of respondents felt that February was business as usual.

BNZ Senior Economist, Craig Ebert said that “While the PMI remains broadly encouraging, inventory dynamics bear watching – in case they forewarn of a slower tone to manufacturing production ahead.”

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Main Indicies

Regional Results

Manufacturing Landscape
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Senior Economist, BNZ

The PMI

The Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) maintained trend-like expansion into early 2019. Its seasonally adjusted reading of 53.7 for February was even a nudge better than January’s 53.0.
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Q4

The positive messages around production in the PMI gave confidence that the industry retains impetus – even though this might not look obvious in the Q4 GDP accounts.
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Inventory

Inventory dynamics will thus bear monitoring, lest they continue to warn about slower production down the track. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the message we’re getting from the PMI into the New Year.
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Pricing

Production vulnerabilities noted, there is still a lot going for New Zealand’s manufacturers in terms of prices. The Q4 producer prices, for example, registered annual inflation of 2.9% in this respect.
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PMI Time Series Table

The results are seasonally adjusted.

National IndiciesFeb
2018
Oct
2018
Nov
2018
Dec
2018
Jan
2019
Feb
2019
BNZ - BusinessNZ PMI 53.553.653.554.853.053.7
Production53.853.051.655.051.353.9
Employment 54.552.451.252.152.050.8
New Orders54.356.956.055.252.254.7
Finished Stocks51.353.454.759.354.755.4
Deliveries53.550.953.258.754.055.2

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BNZ - BusinessNZ PMI Time Series

July 2014 – February 2019

PMI Time Series Graph

International Results

J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMITM
1 Mar 2019

50.6

International PMI