LONDON Nov 4 Global manufacturing activity
increased at its fastest pace in over two years last month on a
surge in new orders that led factories to take on more staff, a
report showed on Monday.
JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index
rose to 52.1 from September's 51.8, above the 50 mark that
indicates growth for the 11th month and notching up its highest
reading since May 2011.
New orders matched a 30-month high hit in August and firms
took on staff at the fastest pace since May last year.
The PMI output, and new orders-to-inventory ratios point to
4 percent annualised growth in global manufacturing output,
"Growth should be maintained heading to year-end as domestic
markets are gaining strength in a number of key industrial
nations, while the trend in global trade remains supportive,"
said David Hensley, a director at JPMorgan.
The euro zone economic recovery that began in Germany has
spread to some smaller members but shrinking French
manufacturing is hampering a more robust rebound, earlier PMIs
Business surveys on Friday found U.S. factory output grew at
its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years and Asian manufacturers reported
the fastest upturn in months, led by China.