Eurozone PMI eases, but demand may raise prices
LONDON - Reuters
Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 51.1 last month from August’s 26-month high of 51.4 in the eurozone. AP photoEurozone factory activity grew for the third month running in September as stronger demand enabled manufacturers to raise prices for the first time since mid-2012, a survey showed yesterday.
Although factories didn’t quite maintain the pace of growth seen in August, survey compiler Markit said that the data showed manufacturers were lifting the region’s economy and that even the bloc’s periphery countries were seeing improved demand.
Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to 51.1 last month from August’s 26-month high of 51.4, in line with an earlier flash estimate. A sub-index measuring output, which feeds into the wider composite PMI due on Thursday and seen as a good indicator of growth, eased to 52.2 from August’s 27-month high of 53.4, just above the flash estimate of 52.1.
Readings above 50 signify expansions in activity.
“An improvement in eurozone manufacturing business conditions for a third straight month in September sends a reassuring signal that the sector is providing an all-important lift for a region that has been besieged by recession,” said Chris Williamson, Markit’s chief economist.