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Japan Flash PMIs (Sep. 2021)

September’s flash PMIs suggest that while the services sector is bouncing back as the delta wave has ebbed, the manufacturing sector is suffering from weaker demand and mounting supply shortages.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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