LUMAKAS ang manufacturing sector ng bansa noong Mayo sa 53.7 mula sa 52.7 noong Abril, ayon sa  purchasing managers’ index (PMI) survey ng  IHS Markit.

Ang iskor ng manufacturing sector ng bansa ay pangalawa rin sa pinakamataas sa mga bansa sa Southeast Asia, kasunod ng Vietnam, at una sa Myanmar at Thailand.

“The upturn in the Filipino manufacturing sector gained further momentum in the middle of the second quarter, lifted by strengthening demand conditions,” wika ni IHS Markit Principal Economist Bernard Aw.

Batay sa report, sa pagtaas ng demand, ang business inflows ng Philippine-based firms ay tumaas sa pinakamabilis na rate nito magmula noong Nobyembre  2017 sa kabila ng pagbagal ng export expansion.

“However, input cost inflation intensified in May, but some of the upward pressures are driven by a weaker exchange rate, global commodity shortages, and higher oil prices, not just from new excise taxes,” ani Aw.

“Another area of concern is the increasing pressure on Filipino manufacturers’ profit margins. PMI data showed firms raising selling prices at a slower rate in May amid rising costs, suggesting that companies may have a threshold of the extent to which their customers can bear higher prices without affecting demand,” paliwanag pa niya.

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