Hong Kong's economy experienced growth for the sixth consecutive month last month. The Brunswick Purchasing Managers' Index showed a reading of 52.8, reflecting growth in output, new orders, employment and stocks of goods purchased. However, last month's figure was slightly down from May's 13-month high of 54.3. An index reading below 50 indicates that economic activity is shrinking. The 300-company survey showed that an improved domestic business climate contributed to growth in new orders while increased promotional work helped boost sales. An upturn in demand for staff ensued. Additional staff were recruited by firms both to assist with current workloads and to prepare for future expansion. The upturn in demand for staff, combined with sporadic skill shortages, contributed to a further increase in average staff costs. Purchase prices grew for the 22nd consecutive month, although that growth began to slow. Protecting their margins from sharply rising costs, companies raised their output prices again last month, the rate of increase hitting a seven-month high of 53.3 on the survey. The overall expansion of both output and new orders slipped to three-month lows, reflecting in part muted exports.