TORONTO, Aug. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - The latest RBC PMI survey highlighted sustained expansion of production and
new business volumes in July, which underpinned an improvement in
operating conditions for the second month running. . Increased export
sales continued to support the manufacturing sector rebound, though the
overall speed of recovery slowed from the six-month high recorded in
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
At 50.8 in July, the seasonally adjusted RBC Canadian Manufacturing PMI dipped from June's six-month high of 51.3 but remained above the
neutral 50.0 threshold. The latest reading was still stronger than the
average for 2015 so far (49.9), and signaled a marginal upturn in
manufacturing sector business conditions.
"The RBC PMI indicates a second consecutive month of improving business
conditions in July though still at a very modest pace and slightly
below that achieved in June," said Paul Ferley assistant chief economist, RBC. "As we enter the second half the year, a strengthening U.S.
economy and weaker Canadian dollar should provide a greater boost to
exports and business conditions for manufacturers."
The headline RBC PMI reflects changes in output, new orders, employment, inventories and
supplier delivery times.
Key findings from the July survey included:
RBC Canadian Manufacturing PMI remained above the crucial 50.0 no-change
Output growth moderated from June's six-month high
Renewed fall in employment levels
A modest increase in production volumes kept the headline index above
the critical 50.0 no-change mark in July. Manufacturing output has now
expanded for three months running, which firms mainly linked to a
slight rebound in client spending.
July data pointed to a marginal increase in overall new business
volumes; however, the rate of expansion was unmoved from the marginal
pace recorded in June. A further modest upturn in new export work
continued to boost manufacturers' order books. Anecdotal evidence
mainly cited stronger demand from U.S. clients, helped in part by the
weaker exchange rate. Manufacturers of consumer goods, especially those
in the automotive sector, generally pointed to improving inflows of new
work. That said, a number of manufacturers in the investment goods
sector suggested that lower energy sector capital spending remained a
drag on growth.
Despite rising levels of production and new work in July, the latest
survey pointed to a renewed fall in staffing numbers across the
manufacturing sector as a whole. Survey respondents that lowered their
payroll numbers mostly pointed to the non-replacement of voluntary
leavers in response to excess capacity. Backlogs of work meanwhile
decreased for the eighth consecutive month in July, which is the
longest continuous period since the survey began in October 2010.
Manufacturers in Canada remained cautious in terms of their inventory
holdings in July, as highlighted by further slight falls in
pre-production stocks and finished goods inventories. However, the
latest reductions were slower than those recorded in June. Meanwhile,
suppliers' lead-times continued to lengthen during July, which some
manufacturers attributed to reduced stock holdings at vendors.
On the prices front, the latest survey highlighted a robust and
accelerated increase in average cost burdens across the manufacturing
sector. The rate of input price inflation was the fastest for three
months, with a number of manufacturers noting higher prices for
imported components and raw materials. Increased cost burdens in turn
contributed to the most marked rate of factory gate price inflation
Regional highlights include:
Ontario recorded the fastest upturn in overall manufacturing sector
conditions in July
Alberta and British Columbia remained the worst performing region…
…but the latest deterioration in operating conditions was the least
marked since February
Manufacturing jobs growth was strongest in Ontario, followed by Quebec
"July's survey highlights another steady upturn in manufacturing
production and new order volumes, which leaves the sector well placed
to remain on a recovery footing through the third quarter of 2015" said
Cheryl Paradowski, president and chief executive officer, SCMA. "Exchange rate depreciation and stronger U.S. consumer spending
continue to help shore up demand for Canadian manufactured goods, in
turn offsetting some of the momentum lost from weaker energy sector
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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