PRAGUE, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Czech September manufacturing activity expanded for the first time since November 2018, driven by a faster rise in production and a return to growth in new orders, the Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed on Thursday. The headline PMI reading rose to 50.7 in September from 49.1 in August, rising for the fifth straight month and coming above the 50-point mark dividing expansion from contraction, the data compiled by IHS Markit showed. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast an even bigger upswing to 51.3 points. Month/Year 09/20 08/20 09/19 Purchasing Managers' Index 50.7 49.1 44.9 Output 52.4 52.1 47.4 NOTE. All indices are seasonally adjusted and are based on data collected from purchasing executives in 300 manufacturing companies in the Czech Republic. (Reporting by Mirka Krufova; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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