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Malaysia’s manufacturing PMI rises to 50.2 in May 2024 - S&P Global
Published on: Tuesday, June 04, 2024
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Malaysia’s manufacturing PMI rises to 50.2 in May 2024 - S&P Global
S&P Global Market Intelligence economics associate director Pan Jingyi said the latest PMI data revealed that business conditions in the Malaysian manufacturing sector started to improve again midway through the second quarter of 2024. - Reuters pic
Kuala Lumpur: The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Malaysia manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to 50.2 in May 2024 from 49.0 in April 2024, signaling a renewed improvement in manufacturing sector conditions following 20 months of moderation.

“The latest PMI reading suggested that gross domestic product (GDP) growth is running at a slightly improved rate than that seen in the first quarter of 2024, as well as pointing to modest year-on-year (y-o-y) improvements in official manufacturing production data,“ S&P Global said in a statement today.

S&P Global Market Intelligence economics associate director Pan Jingyi said the latest PMI data revealed that business conditions in the Malaysian manufacturing sector started to improve again midway through the second quarter of 2024.

This indicates a turnaround from the period of subdued conditions previously and hints at an acceleration in growth of GDP into the second quarter, she said.

“It was encouraging to see employment conditions improve with manufacturers acquiring more headcounts on account of rising new orders.

“And while the expansion in new orders and production was accompanied by rising inflation, the rates of increase in both input costs and output prices were subdued by historical standards,” she said.

Pan said the overall sentiment also stayed positive, with firms expecting higher output in the coming year.

“The level of confidence eased, which affected manufacturers’ willingness to acquire input inventories. These will be areas to monitor for further signs of a turnaround,“ she added.

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