Russian Manufacturing Growth ‘Sub-Par’ in March, HSBC Says

Russian manufacturing had a “sub-par” expansion last month because of “modest” increases in new orders and output, HSBC Holdings Plc said.

The Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 50.8 in March from 50.7 in February, HSBC said in an e-mailed statement today, citing data compiled by London-based Markit Economics. A level above 50 signals an expansion, while below that shows a contraction. Russia’s long-term trend level is 52.1, according to the statement.

“Growth momentum in manufacturing remained subdued despite somewhat faster output growth in March,” Alexander Morozov, chief economist for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States at HSBC, said in the statement.

Risks to the economies of the European Union and China, which together account for about 60 percent of Russian trade, threaten to stall demand for the country’s exports. New orders from abroad returned to “sluggish growth” last month amid signs of improving consumer demand in Russia’s CIS neighbors, Morozov said.

The Micex Manufacturing Index of 11 stocks advanced 0.3 percent to 21,22.38 as of 10:26 a.m. in Moscow. The benchmark Micex Index advanced 0.9 percent to 1,530.76.

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