SINGAPORE - The manufacturing recession deepened as production, new orders and employment all fell further last month, fresh data has shown.
The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) - an indicator of manufacturing activity - contracted for a seventh straight month to post a reading of 49.0 in January.
A reading below 50 shows that more purchasing managers reported a deterioration in business than those noting an improvement.
Last month's PMI was slightly lower than December's 49.5 reading.
DBS economist Irvin Seah said: "Although historically manufacturers will front-load their orders ahead of the Lunar New Year, chance is high than this festive season will be a relatively quiet one."
"The cold spell that hit many parts of Asia will likely dampen consumer spending as well as industrial activity. This will have a knock-on impact on Singapore's PMIs within these few months. Get ready for a cold winter."