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Manufacturing PMI Stands at 56.9% in April 2018 from 56.7% in March 2018

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018 /03:50PM/CBN

Introduction
The April 2018 PMI survey was conducted by the Statistics Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria during the period April 12 - 23, 2018. The respondents were purchasing and supply executives of manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations in 31 locations in Nigeria (Fig. 1). The Bank makes no representation regarding the individual companies, other than the information they have provided. The data contained herein further provides input for policy decisions.  

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Fig. 1: Map of Nigeria with showing the survey locations 

Data and Method of Presentation 
The Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing PMI Report on businesses is based on survey responses, indicating the changes in the level of business activities in the current month compared with the preceding month. For each of the indicators measured, this report shows the diffusion index of the responses. 

The diffusion index is computed as the percentage of responses with positive change plus half of the percentage of those reporting no change, except for supplier delivery time, which is computed as the percentage of responses with negative change plus half of the percentage of those reporting no change. The composite PMI for the manufacturing sector is computed as the weighted average of five diffusion indices, namely: production level, level of new orders, suppliers’ delivery time, employment level and raw materials inventory/work in progress, with assigned weights of 25%, 30%, 15%, 10% and 20%, respectively. 

The composite PMI for the  non-manufacturing sector is computed from four diffusion indices, namely: business activity, level of new orders, employment level and raw materials inventory, with equal weights of 25% each. 

A composite PMI above 50 points indicates that the manufacturing/non-manufacturing economy is generally expanding, 50 points indicates no change and below 50 points indicates that it is generally contracting. The subsectors reporting growth are listed in the order of highest to lowest growth, while those reporting contraction are listed in the order of the highest to the lowest contraction.

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The Manufacturing PMI in the month of April stood at 56.9 index points, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the thirteenth consecutive month. (Fig. 3 and Table 1). 

The index grew at a faster rate when compared to the index in the previous month. Of the 15 subsectors surveyed, 12 reported growth in the review month in the following order : Petroleum & coal products, Electrical equipment, Appliances & components, Printing & related support activities, Textile apparel leather & footwear, Fabricated metal products, Chemical & pharmaceutical products, Food, beverage & tobacco products, Paper products, Furniture & related products, Plastics & rubber products, Transportation equipment. 

The Cement sub-sector remained unchanged, while the Non-metallic minerals and Primary metal subsectors declined in the review month. 

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Production Level
At 58.6 points, the production level index for the manufacturing sector grew for the fourteenth consecutive month in April 2018. The index indicated a slower growth in the current month, when compared to its level in the preceding month. 

Twelve (12) of the Fifteen (15) manufacturing subsectors recorded increase in production level, One (1) remained unchanged, while the remaining Two (2) recorded declines in production level during the review month (Fig. 4 and Table 2) 

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New Orders
At 55.8 points, new orders index grew for the thirteenth consecutive month, indicating increase in new orders in April 2018. Seven subsectors reported growth, 4 remained unchanged while 4 contracted in the review month (Fig. 5 and Table 3). 

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