TORONTO, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Business conditions in Canada's
manufacturing sector continued to improve strongly in November,
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 - registered 55.3 in November,
signalling a strong improvement in Canada's manufacturing business
conditions. Although the headline index was down slightly from
October's 55.6, it was consistent with one of the fastest rates of
growth for over two years.
The RBC PMI showed that a marked rise in new order volumes, partly reflective of
new client wins, supported the strongest increase in output since March
2011. Concurrently, firms hired additional staff in November, although
the rate of employment growth eased to a four-month low. On the price
front, inflationary pressures remained muted with the latest rise in
input costs, in particular, weaker than October's seven-month peak.
"Canadian manufacturing conditions continued to be quite favourable in
November, although we saw a slight dip compared to the gains the sector made in October," said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. "While the U.S. government budget impasse negotiations did not come to
a firm resolution, recent reports suggest that the fourth-quarter hit
to U.S. growth will be limited following a solid gain in the third
quarter. A slow and steady increase in U.S. growth will play a big role
in setting the stage for a continuation in the recent momentum we have
seen in Canadian manufacturing activity over the past few months."
The headline RBC PMI reflects changes in output, new orders, employment, inventories, prices
and supplier delivery times.
Key findings from the November survey include:
marked rates of output and new order growth;
rate of job creation eases to four-month low; and
input price inflation remains subdued.
Incoming new work at Canadian manufacturers continued to rise markedly
in November. Although the rate of new order growth eased slightly over the month, it was one of the fastest since
data collection began in October 2010. Firms generally cited greater
client demand and new contract wins, including from the United States.
Consequently, new export orders rose for the eighth consecutive month.
Firms raised production in light of larger new order requirements. Notably, the rate of output
growth was marked and the second-fastest in the 38-month series history
(on par with March 2011). Concurrently, stocks of finished goods increased in November, more than reversing a reduction in October, and backlogs of work rose for the third consecutive month, albeit marginally.
Meanwhile, the quantity of inputs bought by Canadian manufacturing firms
rose strongly and at a pace only slightly weaker than October's
25-month peak. The increase in purchasing activity was partially used to rebuild inventories, with stocks of purchases rising for the third month running. Greater demand for inputs was also
a factor behind longer suppliers' delivery times in November. Lead times have increased in each month since July.
Manufacturing employment in Canada rose for the twenty-second consecutive month in November.
However, the overall rate of job creation slowed to a four-month low
that was also weaker than the series average.
Input prices faced by Canadian manufacturing companies increased in November, with
panellists commonly reporting higher prices for steel and fuel.
Nevertheless, the rate of inflation eased to a moderate pace that was
slower than the series average. Firms partially passed on their higher
costs to clients by raising their selling prices. Although output charges increased for the third consecutive month, the latest rise was only
Regional highlights include:
Business conditions improved across all four Canadian regions. Alberta & British Columbia saw the strongest improvement over the month.
Alberta & British Columbia posted the fastest rise in new orders.
Ontario saw no change in exports, but this was an improvement from a reduction
one month previously.
Manufacturing employment was little-changed in Quebec.
"The Canadian manufacturing sector remained strong as we approach the
year end. Higher domestic and export orders supported further growth
acceleration for output, and also encouraged firms to start rebuilding
their inventories," said Cheryl Paradowski, president and chief executive officer, SCMA. "The Employment Index was a disappointing result from the survey,
having showed the rate of job creation ease to a four-month low, but
perhaps this will pick up if the strong performance of the 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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