German manufacturing sector expands in June for first time in 3 months

Moscow, Jul 1 (FN Bureau) Germany’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) nudged higher in June for the first time in three months, rising from May’s 64.4 to 65.1, the IHS Markit consultancy said Thursday. “June’s PMI survey pointed to an all-round better performance from the German manufacturing sector. Output growth has regained some momentum after back-to-back slowdowns in April and May,” IHS Markit Associate Economics Director Phil Smith said.

The PMI uptick, which measures new orders, output, employment, suppliers’ delivery times and stock of purchases, was driven largely by an increase in output, with production of intermediate goods rising the fastest. Smith welcomed shortening delivery times, saying the recent expansion of capacity should help ease supply-chain bottlenecks. “However, demand-supply imbalances are still widespread, and it will take time for them to be fully resolved. What’s more, renewed virus waves in Asia could lead to some further disruptions of global supply chains in coming months, which could in turn put further pressure on prices,” he warned.

The survey found that the rate of cost inflation has eased slightly since May, though it remained the second-fastest in the history of studies on the topic. Smith noted that factory gate prices continued to rise as companies sought to pass higher costs on to customers.