Manufacturing swoons in Australia, with the January PMI sliding to 40.2 from 44.3 in December....

|By:, SA News Editor

Manufacturing swoons in Australia, with the January PMI sliding to 40.2 from 44.3 in December. New Orders led the way, diving 6.3 points to 39.4, and there's little letup in Input Prices, which continue to expand at 58.5. The news should refresh disappearing hopes for more rate cuts. The ASX 200 +0.9%, the aussie -0.2% to $1.0402.