BNZ – BusinessNZ
Performance of
Manufacturing
Index

Evenly Spread – PMI

11 Aug, 2017
55.4
July
-0.6

Monthly Change

expanding
slower rate

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector saw expansion levels evenly spread across the five main indices during July, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).
 
The seasonally adjusted PMI for July was 55.4 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was slightly lower than June, and similar to expansion levels seen in February.  Overall, the sector has remained in expansion in all months since October 2012.

BusinessNZ’s executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that while the main result experienced a second consecutive dip in expansion levels, the make-up of the sub-indices made for interesting reading.
 
“Expansion across the five indices was very even for July, with the total difference between the lowest and highest results at only 1.2 points.  Of particular note was the highest level of expansion for employment (56.4) since September 2014, along with finished stocks (also at 56.4).  However, both production (56.0) and new orders (55.4) continued to slip in terms of expansion”.   
 
“With expansion again easing during July, the proportion of positive comments dropped to 56.1%, compared with 68.2% in June and 69.4% in May”.

BNZ Senior Economist, Doug Steel, said that “at 55.4 in July, the PMI remains firmly above its long term average of 53.3. It bodes well for manufacturing GDP growth to continue outperforming its long term average as it has for much of the past three years”.

Catherine Beard

Catherine Beard

Director, Advocacy BusinessNZ

BNZ - BusinessNZ PMI

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Manufacturing Snapshot

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Doug Steel

Doug Steel

Senior Economist, BNZ

Sponsor Statement

BNZ is delighted to be associated with the Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) and BusinessNZ.

This association brings together the significant experience of leading business advocacy body BusinessNZ, and business finance specialist BNZ.

We look forward to continuing our association with BusinessNZ and associated regional organisations, and to playing our part in the ongoing development of the New Zealand manufacturing sector.

PMI Time Series Table

The results are seasonally adjusted.

National Indicies Jul
2016
Mar
2017
Apr
2017
May
2017
Jun
2017
Jul
2017
BNZ – BusinessNZ PMI 55.6 58.0 56.7 58.1 56.0 55.4
Production 58.1 60.2 56.9 59.3 57.8 56.0
Employment 53.8 53.5 53.2 55.4 49.0 56.4
New Orders 58.8 63.1 61.5 60.2 58.0 55.4
Finished Stocks 49.5 53.0 54.0 54.8 54.6 56.4
Deliveries 55.7 54.3 54.9 58.1 57.0 56.6

BNZ – BusinessNZ PMI Time Series

July 2020 – July 2024

International Results

J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMITM

01 Aug 2017
52.7

About the PMI

The BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index is a monthly survey of the manufacturing sector providing an early indicator of activity levels.

A PMI reading above 50 points indicates manufacturing activity is expanding; below 50 indicates it is contracting.

The main PMI and sub-index results are seasonally adjusted.

Technical Contact

Stephen Summers
Economist, BusinessNZ

[email protected]

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