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Asia exports slip into deeper downturn as tech boom goes bust, warn lenders

Asia's export boom is showing signs of slipping into a deeper than expected downturn, HSBC Holdings Plc. and Nomura Holdings Inc. both warned in research notes

Exports | Asia economy | Technology

Enda Curran | Bloomberg 

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Asia’s export boom is showing signs of slipping into a deeper than expected downturn, Holdings Plc. and Holdings Inc. both warned in research notes published Tuesday.

The warnings from both lenders suggests the trade surge that powered Asia through the pandemic is at a turning point, matching signals that manufacturers have been sending through the year.

In a note titled: “Plop’ - What the latest electronics indicators signal for Asia,’ Frederic Neumann, chief Asia economist at warned that key indicators are showing a slump in new orders with demand for Asia made electronics clearly coming off the boil.

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“Things are coming back down to earth - fast,” Neumann wrote. “True, the headline electronics PMIs, freshly released for July, don’t look quite so alarming at the surface. But dig deeper, and the stumble becomes apparent.”

At the same time, Nomura’s updated Asia export leading index warns the region’s shipments may have reached a critical inflection point.

The bank has changed up its index, also referred to as NELI, by dropping three of its indicators and replacing them with four new ones, for a total of nine, which are pointing to a deeper slowdown in trade.

“Compared to our previous 2020 vintage model, our retooled NELI is warning of a deeper slump in Asian exports,” according to Rob Subbaraman, head of research at .

“Asian are often a bellwether of global growth and NELI’s pointing to a darkening outlook,” Subbaraman said.

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First Published: Tue, August 16 2022. 11:30 IST