Manufacturing PMIs (August)

The PMIs for August suggest that manufacturing conditions have softened in Q3 as output and new orders fell further from their recent highs. More than anything, it looks like conditions are normalising and there are further signs that supply disruptions and pipeline price pressures are easing too.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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