NEW DELHI: Manufacturing activity in India rebounded to a three-month high in July after contracting due a lockdowns in parts of the country to contain Covid-19, said the IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index(PMI) on Monday.
The index rose to 55.3 in July from 48.1 in June. A reading below 50 shows contraction and the one above that means growth. Manufacturing in June slipped into contraction for the first time in 11 months, report agencies.
“It’s encouraging to see the Indian manufacturing industry recover from the blip seen in June. Output rose at a robust pace, with over one-third of companies noting a monthly expansion in production, amid a rebound in new business and the easing of some local COVID-19 restrictions,” said Pollyanna De Lima, economics associate director at IHS Markit, the financial information company which conducted the PMI survey.
Factory orders rose amid reports of improved demand and the easing of restrictions. Strengthening international demand contributed to the uptick in total order books. New export orders expanded markedly in July, following a moderate contraction in June.
De Lima said if the pandemic continues to recede, a 9.7 per cent annual increase in industrial production for calendar year 2021 is expected. Together with expansion in output, new orders, exports, quantity of purchases and input stocks, a marginal increase in employment ended a 15-month sequence of job shedding. “The PMI also brought the positive news of job creation in the manufacturing sector. Although marginal, the rise in employment was the first since the onset of COVID-19. With firms’ cost burdens continuing to rise, however, and signs of spare capacity still evident, it’s too early to say that such trend will be sustained in coming months,” De Lima said.