The Nikkei Manufacturing PMI in Indonesia surged to 50.7 in August of 2017 from 48.6 in July and marking the first expansion since May. New export orders rose at the second-fastest pace in the survey’s near six-and-a-half year history, output increased for the first time in three months and new orders returned to growth. Also, buying activity picked up amid improving business confidence. Meantime, employment fell less than in a month earlier. Stronger increases in input costs and output charges were seen, though in both cases rates of inflation remained below their respective long-run averages.