• Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI Improves to 51.9 in June

    Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI improves to 51.9 in June

    Good news from Indonesia's manufacturing sector. Indonesia's Nikkei manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to a reading of 51.9 in June 2016, up from a reading of 50.6 points in the preceding month (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below 50.0 signals contraction). The June reading of 51.9 was the highest reading since July 2014. Furthermore, the strongest expansion in Indonesia's payroll numbers in the survey's history occurred, while buying levels also rose markedly.

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  • Consumer Price Index Indonesia Update: 3.45% y/y Inflation in June

    Consumer Price Index Indonesia Update: 3.45% y/y Inflation in June

    Inflation in Indonesia accelerated slightly more than expected last month. According to the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), inflation reached 3.45 percent (y/y) in June 2016, up from 3.33 percent (y/y) in the preceding month. Initially, Indonesia's monthly inflation pace in June was forecast above 1 percent. However, over the past week estimates were cut to around 0.55 percent (m/m) as food prices were largely under control (even though prices of some staple foods - such as chicken meat and eggs - were still rising).

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  • Foreign Miners exit Indonesia on Low Commodity Prices & Protectionism

    Foreign Miners exit Indonesia on Low Commodity Prices & Protectionism

    Again a big western mining company plans to exit Indonesia. US-based Newmont Mining Corp reportedly agreed to sell its 48.5 percent stake in copper and gold miner Newmont Nusa Tenggara (the operator of the Batu Hijau mine) for USD $1.3 billion (including contingent payment of up to USD $403 million). The stake is set to be sold to Amman Mineral Internasional. Newmont Chief Executive Gary Goldberg said the move is in line with the company's commitment to lower debt and fund its higher margin mining projects in order to create value for shareholders.

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  • World Bank's Logistics Performance Index: Indonesia Falls to 63rd

    World Bank's Logistics Performance Index: Indonesia Falls to 63rd

    Despite the Indonesian government being eager to push for infrastructure development, Southeast Asia's largest economy fell 10 positions in the World Bank's 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI), from 53rd position in 2014 to 63rd position this year. The LPI is determined through a worldwide survey involving operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers) that provide feedback on the logistics in nations where they operate and those with which they trade. High logistics costs are a problem for any economy as it makes products and services less competitive, while foreigners will think twice before investing in the country.

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