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Manufacturing contracts despite low
The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index fell 0.9 points to 46.7 in January, seasonally adjusted below the 50 level that separates expansion from contraction.
It was the third consecutive month of contraction, Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox said.
“2014 looks to be another challenging year for many Australian manufacturers, although a handful of areas are showing some positive signs of growth,” he said.
“Comments from manufacturers indicate that a lower Australian dollar has started to benefit some manufacturing businesses but exports remain fragile.”
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“Bu Oakley Sunglasses Outlet t our other large manufacturing sectors continue to struggle, despite the lower dollar and low interest rates,” Mr Willox said.
“Muted local demand and a difficult export market means they are in no position to assume the lead in generating alternative sources of growth as the mining investment boom fades through 2014.”