The HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 51 in July from 49.1 in June. However, the latest figure remained below the long-run survey average of 51.9.
There was a solid increase in Russian manufacturing output in July. New orders rose for only the second time in eight months in July.
Manufacturers reported increased average input prices in July, partly linked to higher import costs. But it eased further to a 5-month low.
At the same time, output prices rose at the slowest rate since
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