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France PMI manufacturing finalized at 59.4, a key challenge to keep up with workloads

France PMI Manufacturing was finalized at 59.4 in May, up from April’s 58.0. That’s was also the highest level since September 2000. Both output and new orders rose at sharpest rates since January 2018. Accumulation of backlogs was steepest since November 2006. Rise in selling prices was near-record amid further acceleration of cost inflation.

Andrew Harker, Economics Director at IHS Markit, said: “Demand and production volumes continued to ramp up in the French manufacturing sector during May, with the loosening of lockdown restrictions playing a key part in this last month.

“The key challenge now for firms is being able to keep up with workloads. This is proving to be a struggle amid severe supply-chain delays and a lack of material availability. As a result, levels of backlogged work are rising sharply. We are therefore likely to see further expansions to production in the months ahead should some of these constraints start to ease, with hopefully more jobs created to help deal with backlogs.

“Inflationary pressures showed little sign of abating. On the contrary, input costs increased at the fastest pace for a decade, with output price inflation the second-fastest on record.”Commenting on the latest survey results, Andrew Harker, Economics Director at IHS Markit, said: “Demand and production volumes continued to ramp up in the French manufacturing sector during May, with the loosening of lockdown restrictions playing a key part in this last month.

“The key challenge now for firms is being able to keep up with workloads. This is proving to be a struggle amid severe supply-chain delays and a lack of material availability. As a result, levels of backlogged work are rising sharply. We are therefore likely to see further expansions to production in the months ahead should some of these constraints start to ease, with hopefully more jobs created to help deal with backlogs. “Inflationary pressures showed little sign of abating. On the contrary, input costs increased at the fastest pace for a decade, with output price inflation the second-fastest on record.”

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