FILE PHOTO: A manufacturing company.

By Kadiri Abdulrahman/Abuja

The October Purchasing Managers’ Index for the manufacturing sector stood at 49.4 index points, indicating a reversal of five consecutive months of contraction which started in May.

This is according to the result of PMI survey released by the Statistics Department of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday.

The manufacturing PMI for the month of September was 46.9 index points.

The survey revealed that of the 14 sub-sectors surveyed, six recorded expansion above 50 per cent threshold.

Sub-sectors that reported expansion were electrical equipment, transportation, equipment, printing and related support activities, chemical and pharmaceutical products, textile, apparel and footwear, as well as cement.

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The remaining eight sub-sectors reported contraction.

They are primary metal, petroleum and coal product, paper products, fabricate metal products, furniture and related products, nonmetallic mineral products, plastic and rubber products and food, beverage and tobacco products.

The survey indicated that in employment level in the review month two sub-sectors recorded static level of employment while the remaining nine sub-sectors recorded lower employment levels.

PMI for the non-manufacturing sector, however, stood at 46.8 points in October 2020, indicating contraction in non-manufacturing PMI for the seventh consecutive month.

The survey stated, “of the 17 sub-sectors surveyed, three sub-sectors reported growth in the following order: electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, art, entertainment and recreation and Health care and social assistance.

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“ Eleven sub-sectors reported declines in the following order: management of companies; utilities; Information and communication; construction; professional, scientific, and technical services; repair, maintenance/washing of Motor Vehicles.’’

Other declining sub-sectors are wholesale/retail trade; educational services; transportation and warehousing; accommodation and food services and real estate rental and leasing