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South Africa's Absa PMI extends recovery in October

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 2 (Reuters) - South Africa’s seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recovered further in October, as some respondents suggested demand was approaching pre-COVID lockdown levels and businesses upped their inventories, a survey showed on Monday.

The index, a gauge of manufacturing activity in Africa’s most industrialised economy, rose to 60.9 points in October from a revised 58.5 points in September, remaining above the 50-point mark that separates expansion from contraction.

Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana Editing by Alexander Winning

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