TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's manufacturing expansion
accelerated to a 15-month high in September, according to the RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index™ (RBC PMI™). A monthly survey, conducted in association with Markit, a leading
global financial information services company, and the Supply Chain
Management Association (SCMA), the RBC PMI offers a comprehensive and early indicator of trends in the Canadian
The seasonally adjusted RBC PMI - a composite indicator designed to provide a single-figure snapshot of
the health of the manufacturing sector - rose to 54.2 in September, up
from 52.1 in August. This indicated further improvement in
manufacturing business conditions, with the rate of growth above the
series average and the fastest since June 2012.
The RBC PMI found that both output and new order growth accelerated in September.
In particular, the latest rise in total new work intakes was strong and
the fastest since June 2012. This partly reflected the greatest
increase in new export orders for two-and-a-half years. Meanwhile, the
rate of job creation also quickened to a 15-month high, as firms hired
additional staff to handle increased business activity.
"The global economy is gaining traction, and, with that, we are
seeing increasing demand for Canadian exports - particularly from
the manufacturing sector, which has contributed to the PMI reaching
a 15-month high in September," said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. "While challenges in the sector remain, this rebound is encouraging.
An anticipated strengthening in global economic growth, particularly in
the U.S. which is Canada's largest trading partner, bodes well for
manufacturing activity late this year and early next."
The headline RBC PMI reflects changes in output, new orders, employment, inventories, prices
and supplier delivery times.
Key findings from the September survey include:
strongest rise in new orders since June 2012;
employment increases at fastest rate for 15 months; and
average selling prices rise for first time since May.
Incoming new work at Canadian manufacturers increased for the sixth
consecutive month in September. Moreover, the rate of new order growth was strong and the fastest in 15 months. Firms generally cited
new product launches, as well as greater demand, both domestically and
in key export markets such as the United States. Concurrently, new export orders rose at the sharpest rate for two-and-a-half years in September.
Firms raised production in light of higher new order volumes. Output rose solidly over the
month, and at the fastest rate since May. Nevertheless, outstanding business increased for the first time in four months and at the strongest pace
for two years, while stocks of finished goods were broadly the same as in August.
The quantity of inputs bought by manufacturing companies increased for the sixth successive month in
September. The rate of growth was solid and the strongest since August
2012. Stocks of purchases also increased, although the rate of accumulation was marginal.
Concurrently, suppliers' delivery times lengthened further in the latest survey period, with panellists
suggesting that vendors were generally busier and had leaner
inventories. Overall, the latest increase in lead times for inputs was
solid and the greatest for 15 months.
Employment growth in the Canadian manufacturing sector accelerated to a 15-month
high in September. Approximately 17 per cent of firms hired additional
staff since August, and generally attributed this to increased business
Manufacturers faced higher input prices in September, with raw materials and transportation costs having
increased over the month. That said, the overall rate of inflation
eased slightly since August and was weaker than the series average.
Firms passed on higher costs to clients by raising their selling
prices. On average, output charges rose moderately and for the first time since May.
Regional highlights include:
Manufacturing business conditions improved across all four regions, led
by Alberta and British Columbia.
New orders increased in Ontario, reversing a reduction one month previously.
Alberta and British Columbia recorded the strongest rate of employment growth.
Quebec saw the weakest increase in input prices in September.
"After a prolonged period of weakness, the Canadian manufacturing sector
appears to be back on track with the RBC PMI rising above its series
average to a 15-month high", said Cheryl Paradowski, president and chief executive officer, SCMA. "The main driver of the
expansion was an increase in new orders, which in itself reflected the
greatest rise in new export work since March 2011. Production levels
were insufficient to fully meet new order requirements, with backlogs
of work rising at the sharpest rate for two years."
The report is available at www.rbc.com/newsroom/pmi
Notes to Editors:
The RBC Canadian Manufacturing PMI™ Report is based on data compiled from monthly replies to questionnaires
sent to purchasing executives in over 400 industrial companies. The
panel is stratified geographically and by Standard Industrial
Classification (SIC) group, based on industry contribution to Canadian
Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month
compared to the previous month based on data collected mid-month. For
each of the indicators the 'Report' shows the percentage reporting each
response, the net difference between the number of higher/better
responses and lower/worse responses, and the 'diffusion' index. This
index is the sum of the positive responses plus a half of those
responding 'the same'.
Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are
convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change.
An index reading above 50 indicates an overall increase in that
variable, below 50 an overall decrease.
The RBC Canadian Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index™ (RBC PMI™) is a composite index based on five of the individual indexes with the
following weights: New Orders - 0.3, Output - 0.25, Employment - 0.2,
Suppliers' Delivery Times - 0.15, Stock of Items Purchased - 0.1, with
the Delivery Times Index inverted so that it moves in a comparable
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