Another month of manufacturing PMI gauges has come and gone, and the news isn’t exactly good.
According to the latest JP Morgan global manufacturing PMI report, conditions improved at the slowest pace seen in nearly two years in June with weakness in Asia largely to blame for the decline in the headline index.
The global index slipped to 51.0 from 51.3 in May, with gauges on production and new orders recording the weakest expansions seen since the second quarter of 2013. Aside from a lift in new exports orders, all other survey components deteriorated over the month.
The table below tells the story.
While a disappointing overall result, it still marked the 31st consecutive month that global activity improved.
From national perspectives there was a clear divergence evident across the globe. Activity is accelerating quickly in Europe, particularly in the periphery, while that for Asia, outside of China and Japan, deteriorated sharply.
The table below shows how individual nations fared. Australia, having recorded one of the strongest monthly increases in May, saw conditions deteriorate sharply with the likes of Brazil, Greece and Russia all recording higher readings for June. On the topside, the Czech Republic recorded the fastest improvement in levels of activity.
As was the case in the headline reading, Australia recorded the largest month-on-month decline at 8.1 points. Poland, at 1.9 points, recorded the largest monthly increase.
NB. PMI surveys globally are not uniform in nature. Some have many questions, some one.