TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian manufacturing sector
continued to expand in June, with sustained growth in output, new
orders and employment, 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 Purchasing
Management Association of Canada (PMAC), the RBC PMI offers a comprehensive and early indicator of trends in the Canadian
The headline RBC PMI - a composite indicator designed to provide a single-figure snapshot of
the health of the manufacturing sector - suggested a moderate
improvement in Canadian manufacturing business conditions in June. At
52.4, the headline index remained above the 50.0 no-change mark and was
at the second-highest level since last September, despite a dip from
53.2 in May.
The RBC PMI signalled ongoing growth of both output and new orders in June.
Although having eased since May, the latest expansions were nonetheless
stronger than those registered at the beginning of the year. Reflecting
increased new work, manufacturers continued to add to their workforces,
hiring staff at a faster rate than the series average. Meanwhile, a
stronger rise in input costs added pressure to margins, especially as
output charges were unchanged from one month earlier.
"Canada's manufacturing sector continued to expand in June - a sign that
the slowdown earlier this year was in fact a temporary blip," said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and Chief Economist, RBC. "Moving into the
second half of 2013, an anticipated strengthening in international
demand will help the sector shake off its relatively lacklustre
performance it has recorded over the past year."
The headline RBC PMI reflects changes in output, new orders, employment, inventories, prices
and supplier delivery times.
Key findings from the June survey include:
both output and new orders increase solidly, but at weaker rates;
suppliers' delivery times shorten for first time in 33-month series
rate of input price inflation accelerates to three-month high.
Manufacturers received a larger volume of new orders in June, and generally attributed this to greater client demand. New export work also rose over the month, with firms particularly mentioning an
increase in new orders from Europe. Overall, total new order growth was
solid, but slower than the 11-month peak recorded in May.
Firms raised their production levels and depleted stocks of finished goods in light of higher new order requirements. Output increased for the second consecutive month in June, with the latest
rise broadly in line with the series average. Meanwhile, backlogs of work fell, but the reduction mostly reversed an increase in May.
Concurrently, the quantity of inputs bought by manufacturing companies rose further during June. Stocks of purchases were meanwhile broadly the same as in May, with two-in-three panellists
reporting no change in input inventories.
For the first time in the 33-month series history, lead times for inputs
fell during June. A number of survey respondents suggested that vendors
were less busy and were actively reducing the amount of work-in-hand.
Nonetheless, suppliers' delivery times shortened only marginally.
Manufacturing employment in Canada continued to rise in June, with one-in-five surveyed firms
hiring additional staff since May. Anecdotal evidence linked job
creation to the recent expansion in new orders. Overall, the rate of
employment growth was solid, but slightly weaker than the nine-month
high recorded in the previous survey period.
Input costs faced by manufacturers increased in June, with higher raw material
prices, particularly for steel, commonly reported by panellists. The
rate of inflation was the strongest in three months, but remained
weaker than the series average. Meanwhile, firms left their output charges unchanged from May. This ended a 14-month sequence of increases.
Regional highlights include:
Manufacturing business conditions improved in three out of the four
Canadian regions, with the exception of Alberta and British Columbia.
Manufacturers in Quebec reported a strong rise in output during June.
Manufacturing employment was largely unchanged in Alberta and British Columbia, but rose elsewhere.
Ontario posted the weakest rise in input prices in June.
"Despite having eased since May, the Canadian manufacturing sector
continued to grow moderately in June, representing an improvement from
the marginal expansion registered at the beginning of the year. In
fact, the average RBC PMI reading for Q2 was the highest since Q3
2012," said Cheryl Paradowski, president and chief executive officer, PMAC. "A further rise in new
orders, partly reflecting greater client demand, continued to support
growth of output and employment in June."
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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