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Japan’s PMI manufacturing unchanged at 48.5, worst slump in eight months

October saw Japan’s PMI Manufacturing remain unchanged at 48.5, missing expectations of 48.9 and marking the fifth consecutive month showing deteriorating operating conditions. Additionally, PMI Services and PMI Composite displayed downturns, with the former dropping from 53.8 to 51.1 and the latter declining from 52.1 to a sub-50 figure of 49.9.

Jingyi Pan, Economics Associate Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence, noted that this is the first instance of a decline in business activity for the private sector since December 2022. The drop, albeit marginal, was primarily due to a more pronounced decrease in manufacturing output – the fastest rate seen in eight months. On the other hand, services activity did continue its expansion, albeit at its slowest pace for the year.

The overall sentiment among firms was not particularly encouraging either. They expressed the least optimism since the beginning of the year concerning future output, suggesting a tempered outlook for the immediate future. However, a silver lining in the employment sector, which saw a resurgence, particularly in the service sector.

On the pricing front, both manufacturing and service sectors experienced diminished cost pressures. This deceleration resulted in output prices within the private sector rising at their most muted pace since February 2022.

Full Japan PMI release here.

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