New Zealand manufacturing activity expands in July

Pedestrians walk past a sailing boat as it passes in front of the central business district (CBD) of Wellington in New Zealand, July 2, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

WELLINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Manufacturing activity in New Zealand expanded in July, but the manufacturing index remains short of its longterm average, a survey showed on Friday.

The Bank of New Zealand-Business NZ's seasonally adjusted Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) nudged up to 52.7 from June's reading of 50.

A reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity, while anything below that threshold indicates a contraction. The index's longterm average is 53.1.

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Reporting by Lucy Craymer; Editing by Leslie Adler

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