The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI declined to 50.7 in September 2018 from a 26-month high of 51.9 in August. Output growth eased, new orders increased the least in three months and employment rose only slightly. In addition, buying activity went up for the eight month in a row, but at the slowest pace since March.

At the same time, new export business continued to decline. On the price front, reports of currency weakness against the US dollar contributed to a sharper rise in average input costs. Subsequently, companies raised their output charges solidly. Regarding sentiment, it strengthened to the the strongest in four months, mainly linked to plans for product diversification and enhanced marketing initiatives.