Russian manufacturing activity rose slightly in March

China's Manufacturing Growth Slows to Four-Month Low

The Prices Index was up 3.9 points from February at 78.1% and indicated higher raw materials prices for the 25th consecutive month.

With global tensions high over trade issues, politics and tariffs, manufacturing has faced challenging times in the first quarter of the year.

The construction PMI out on Wednesday and Thursday's services sector reading are both forecast to show slowing sector activity, which could mean that the Pound to Euro exchange rate takes a dive.

There are already some positive signs, with the survey of manufacturers used for compiling the PMI figures showing nearly 55% of companies forecast that output will be higher in 12 months' time. "The growth momentum of the Chinese manufacturing economy may have weakened in March, but at a marginal pace".

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In the unweighted model of our choice (the ISM's), respondents are asked whether output, employment, new orders, suppliers' delivery times and stocks of purchases have improved on the previous month, are unchanged or have declined.

Compared to official data, the performance through quarter one is consistent with only a 0.4-0.5 percent gain in production volumes, a considerable slide from the fourth quarter's 1.3 percent increase, Rob Dobson, director at IHS Markit, said.

The prices index was the only metric to increase in March, reaching 78.1% after landing at 74.2% in February.

The PMI, based on surveys, is a leading indicator of economic activity.

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Orders softened despite manufacturers keeping price increases to a minimum, suggesting retail inflation will remain near the Reserve Bank of India's medium-term target of 4 percent and reinforcing views it will hold interest rates steady this year.

The Chung-hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), an economic think-tank in Taipei, released a report on Monday, April 2 that Taiwan's manufacturing sector had made significant leaps during the month of March. The peso's depreciation against the USA dollar didn't help matters either.

Initial inflation rate estimates for March are tipped to show a rise from 1.1% to 1.4%, while the jobless rate is expected to slow from 8.6% to 8.5%.

"In the case that inflationary pressures ease, improvements in consumer spending power are expected to boost overall consumption", IHS Markit principal economist Pollyanna De Lima said.

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