The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI rose to a 26-month high of 51.9 in August 2018 from 50.5 in the prior month. New orders grew the most since July 2014, employment increased at the fastest pace since the survey began in April 2011 and output returned to growth after a slight fall in July. In addition, sentiment strengthened to a 3-month high and buying activity went up for the seven straight month. Meantime, new export orders declined for the ninth consecutive month.On the price front, input cost inflation hit its highest since September 2015, while output charges rose markedly, which was the strongest since October 2015.