02 Aug '11, 2pm

Singapore's manufacturing contracts for first time in 10 months

Singapore's manufacturing contracts for first time in 10 months

SINGAPORE: Singapore's manufacturing activity in July contracted for the first time in 10 months as the global economy slowed. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell to 49.3 points in July from 50.4 in June, according to data released on Tuesday by the Singapore Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management. A PMI reading above 50 indicates an expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below that level shows a contraction. The institute attributed the dip in the July PMI to a decline in new orders and new export orders, as well as lower inventory levels. It said stockholdings of finished goods contracted for the second straight month, while imports and input prices continued to grow, albeit more slowly. The PMI for electronics fell to 49.5 points in July from June's 50.9 following eight months of expansion due to fewer orders. The weakness in the PMI readings ...

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