Eurozone Manufacturing PMI Down But Still Shows Improving Conditions
Jul 14, 2010
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The June Eurozone manufacturing PMI as tracked by Markit Group Limited was at four-month low, but still well above the long-run average.

The June PMI (Purchasing Managers' Index) was 55.6, down slightly from May's 55.8. April 2010's PMI was at a four-year high and June's PMI is still well above the long-run average of 51.6. The PMI has now been above the neutral 50.0 mark – indicating improving business conditions - for nine consecutive months.

While output increased at a slightly quicker pace the growth of new orders was the weakest seen so far in 2010. Employment increased for the second months in a row, drive by growth in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands.

June saw growth an 11th consecutive month of growth in:
• manufacturing production
• new orders
• new export orders

Growth of output remained marked and was slightly faster than in May, with the average rate during the second quarter as a whole the quickest since Q3 2006. Production growth was still below April’s ten-year high.

Markit's Eurozone Manufacturing PMI is based on original survey data collected from a representative panel of about 3000 manufacturers.

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