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Asia’s factories sustain expansion, supply chain woes cloud outlook

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By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) – Asia’s factory activity continued to expand in May thanks to an ongoing recovery in global demand, surveys showed on Tuesday, though rising raw material costs and supply chain constraints clouded the outlook. A spike in COVID-19 infections in countries like Taiwan and Vietnam could disrupt semiconductor output and supply chains, posing a headache for manufacturers and weighing on Asia’s export-driven recovery, analysts say. Japan and South Korea saw an expansion in factory activity moderate in May, purchasing managers’ indexes (PMI) showed on Tuesday, undersco…

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