Singapore factory output up, beating the trend in Asia
Singapore factories kept bucking the regional trend last month as production here ticked up to a two-year high instead of falling, as it has done in most of Asia.
Manufacturers' hiring plans also surged to a 12-year high, strengthening expectations that the past three months have seen stronger economic growth.
But the latest data also hinted at emerging spots of concern, such as lower new factory orders and rising levels of unsold stock.
The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an early indicator of factory activity, rose to 51.7 in June, the highest since April 2011, data yesterday showed.