PMI readings were higher in January and February this year
In the US, the malaise is spreading to the services sector
Will the economy revive once the political uncertainty is over?
Optimism among manufacturing firms also ebbed in April as they remain concerned about what policies the new government will adopt when it takes office by end-May.
Investors would do well to look beyond the elections.
The Nikkei/IHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 52.0 in March from 52.5 the previous month but remained above the 50 mark separating growth from contraction for a 10th consecutive month.
The Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by HIS Markit, fell to a six-month low of 52.6 in March from February's 54.3, below a Reuters poll forecast of 53.9 but above the 50-mark separating growth from contraction for the 20th straight month.
China's surprise upturn in manufacturing activity is good news for the global economy and more particularly for Indian metal stocks
The latest survey bolstered the view the Japanese economy, the world's third largest, is hitting a soft patch as the Sino-U.S. trade war dents global demand, dealing a blow to export-reliant Japan and its business and consumer confidence.
The drawback in interpreting the strength of the economic cycle from the GST revenue is the associated issues of stabilisation, compliance and evasion.
The PMI data are at odds with the GDP numbers and other indications of a slowdown
The survey highlighted the extent of the damage that the U.S.-China trade war has already inflicted on Japan and other export-oriented countries in Asia.
The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to 54.3 in February from 54.7 in January, but still well above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction.
US, Eurozone manufacturing growth down in February; services up
The US shows robust growth, while the Eurozone and Japan are spluttering.
The seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index fell to 53.2 in December, from 53.7 in November, amid softer growth of activity and new business.
Employment increased in both manufacturing and services while input prices remained soft
The slowdown is not confined to China. The US manufacturing PMI for December 2018 was the lowest in 15 months. The reading for the Eurozone was the lowest since February 2016
An ailing dragon is bad for the global economy and its effect on commodity prices remains a risk for Indian miners and metal producers.
Global growth is still strong, but business confidence is the lowest it has been in two years
The RBI decided to hold interest rates and its monetary policy stance. Here are the key takeaways.
The Composite PMI Output Index in October was at 53.
The seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index rose to a four-month high of 53.7 in November, from 52.2 in October, as firms highlighted factors such as favourable market conditions and sales growth that boosted activity.
The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index strengthened from 53.1 in October to 54.0 in November, signalling the strongest improvement in the health of the sector in almost one year.
The Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index strengthened from 52.2 in September to 53.1 in October as new orders and production increased at the quickest rate in four months.