Manufacturing PMIs (July)

The July PMIs for Emerging Asia point to sharp contractions in manufacturing in those places worst affected by the virus. With outbreaks likely to remain a key headwind for months to come, the rapid growth in industry over the past few quarters looks unlikely to be repeated.  
Alex Holmes Emerging Asia Economist
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