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Manufacturing PMIs (May)

The rise in the manufacturing PMIs to fresh record highs for Czechia and Poland in May was driven by output and new orders, but supply issues have continued to push up input and output prices. In contrast, Turkey’s PMI fell to a 12-month low, but should rise this month now that the lockdown has been lifted.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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