Global manufacturing picked up in May but only slightly,
according to JPMorgan’s Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
According to Reuters, the Global PMI for May was 52.2. This represented
an increase since April’s figure of 51.9. It was the 18th consecutive
month of increase for the Global PMI.
Readings above 50 correspond to expansion, while figures
under 50 indicate contraction in activity.
“The growth rate of global manufacturing production
ticked higher in May, as companies raised output in response to rising levels
of new business and international trade volumes,” David Hensley, a
director at JPMorgan told Reuters.
Looking specifically at Australia, the Ai Group’s PMI for May recorded a result of 49.2. The overall result was an improvement on April’s
by 4.4 points.
Meanwhile, the United States’ manufacturing sector quickened
its expansion last month, according to the Institute for Supply Management.
The ISM’s PMI for May was up from April’s 54.9 to 55.4,
following two corrections earlier released and blamed on a “software problem”.
And the eurozone manufacturing sector continued to grow in
May, but did so at a slower rate than in the previous month, according to the
Dow Jones Newswires reports that Data firm Markit’s PMI for
the eurozone for May was 52.2. The figure for April was 53.4.
Finally, according to Reuters, the Markit/CIPS UK PMI fell
to May to 57.0 from 57.3.