China’s Manufacturing Sector PMI Hit Seven-Month High in May in Sign of Expansion

China’s Manufacturing Sector PMI Hit Seven-Month High in May in Sign of Expansion

Xu Wei

Date: Thu, 05/31/2018 - 20:49 / source:Yicai
China’s Manufacturing Sector PMI Hit Seven-Month High in May in Sign of Expansion
China’s Manufacturing Sector PMI Hit Seven-Month High in May in Sign of Expansion

(Yicai Global) May 31 – China’s manufacturing sector purchasing managers index, PMI, rose in May compared with the previous month, hitting a new high since October last year, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics. It signals that the manufacturing sector in the world’s second-largest economy further expanded this month.

PMI for China's manufacturing sector came in at 51.9 this month, up from 51.4 in April, showed the latest data. The PMI figure for this month was also higher than the 51.2 for the same period last year.

"The manufacturing sector expanded at a faster pace, with growth momentum further strengthened," said Zhao Qinghe, senior data analyst at NBS, as quoted by state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Both production and demand saw steady expansion as the sub-index for production and the new order sub-index rose to 54.1 and 53.8 respectively, Zhao said.

The proportion of enterprises with fund shortage was 40.1 percent this month, increasing for the third consecutive month, said Zhao, adding China needs to make the financial sector further serve the real economy.

Enterprises troubled by prohibitive costs either for raw materials or labor accounted for over 40 percent of the total, and the considerable pressure from costs still remains to be a major problem challenging enterprises’ production and operations.

The non-manufacturing PMI was 54.9, up 0.1 and 0.4 percentage points month-on-month and year-on-year respectively.

The PMI for services sector was 54, up 0.2 percentage points compared with the previous month, and 0.5 percentage points annually. This figure, the second highest within the year, indicates significant driving effect of consumption on the growth of services sector.

The PMI for the construction industry this month came in 60.1, 0.5 percentage points lower than that of last month, but above 60 mark for three months in a row in a sign of continued activity in the sector

The composite PMI output index was 54.6 percent, 0.5 percentage points higher month-on-month, which shows that enterprises’ production and operation expansion accelerated.

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Keywords: PMI, National Bureau of Statistics, MANUFACTURING, Composite Index, Output, INDUSTRY