December 2016; a seasonal surge

Main conclusions:

  • Surge in December headline to 60.0
  • All five sub-indices in positive territory
  • Highest for delivery times, stocks of purchases and new orders
  • Lowest for workforce
  • We release today the latest reading (no 45) of our manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Nigeria, which takes the temperature of the sector. Our PMI was the first in Nigeria. It has developed into a core forward indicator.

    A PMI is a simple exercise. A selection of companies is asked their view each month on core variables in their business. The respondent, who is characteristically the purchasing manager in a larger firm, has three possible replies: better, unchanged or worse than the previous month. According to the standard methodology, 50 marks a neutral reading and anything higher suggests that the manufacturing economy is expanding. Readings are released at the very beginning of the new month.

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