Japan Jibun Bank / Markit preliminary PMIs for November

Manufacturing 53.5

  • expected 54.5, prior 53.2

Services 52.1

  • prior 50.7

Composite 52.5

  • prior 50.7

Summary table:

japan pmi markit November 2021

Commentary (in brief) via Markit:

  • Flash PMI data indicated that activity at Japanese private sector businesses rose for the second month running in November. Growth in output quickened from October and was the quickest recorded since October 2018.
  • By sector, service providers noted the sharpest rise in activity since September 2019, while manufacturers indicated the fastest rate of growth for six months.
  • Firms across the Japanese private sector reported intensifying price pressures. Input prices across the private sector rose at the fastest pace for over 13 years with businesses attributing the rise to higher raw material, freight and staff costs amid shortages and deteriorating supplier performance.
  • As vaccination rates rose and economic restrictions eased, Japanese private sector companies were strongly optimistic that business activity would rise in the year ahead. Positive sentiment was the strongest on record and stemmed from hopes that the end of the pandemic and lifting of international restrictions would provide a broad-based boost to activity.

Some encouraging remarks in there, inflation pressures noted.