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India's services sector activity in October rises to nearly 11-year high even as input costs rise: PMI

India's services sector activity in October rises to nearly 11-year high even as input costs rise: PMI

The expansion was driven by a significant upswing in business activity amid favourable demand conditions, showed IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey.

The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index increased to 58.4 in October from 55.2 in September. The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index increased to 58.4 in October from 55.2 in September.

India's service sector activity accelerated to a ten-and-a-half year high in the month of October despite companies hiking the prices of their products owing to expensive raw materials. 

The expansion was driven by a significant upswing in business activity amid favourable demand conditions, showed IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) survey. 

The seasonally adjusted India Services Business Activity Index increased to 58.4 in October from 55.2 in September, signifying the strongest rate of growth in ten-and-a-half years. 

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Companies signalled that a noteworthy pick-up in new business brought about the fastest expansion in output over a decade due to which more jobs were created, even though business confidence remained subdued due to growing inflationary concerns.
     
For the third straight month, the services sector witnessed an expansion in output. In Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below 50 denotes contraction.

"The recovery of the sector entered its third straight month, with firms scaling up activity at the fastest pace in ten-and-a-half years and creating more jobs," said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at IHS Markit.

On the price front, with input costs again rising sharply, companies lifted their fees at the fastest pace in nearly four-and-a-half years. Monitored companies cited higher fuel, material, retail, staff and transport costs, the survey report showed.

"Service providers were concerned that persistent inflationary pressures could deter growth in the coming year. Business confidence remained subdued in the context of historical data," Lima said.

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On the employment front, services companies continued to hire additional workers in October. Although moderate, the pace of job creation quickened from September this year, the strongest since February 2020.

However, the latest data continued to point to weak international demand for Indian services. New export business decreased in October, a trend that has been recorded since the COVID-19 outbreak, the survey said.

Meanwhile, private-sector output in India increased at a sharper rate in October as growth quickened among both manufacturers and service providers.

The Composite PMI Output Index -- which measures combined services and manufacturing output -- rose from 55.3 in September to 58.7 in October, signalling the strongest monthly expansion since January 2012.

October data pointed to a second successive monthly increase in private sector employment, but the rate of expansion was only slight as growth among service providers was partly offset by job shedding at goods producers.

Business sentiment among companies operating in the Indian private sector strengthened in October, owing to a notable rebound in optimism at goods producers, the survey said.

Published on: Nov 03, 2021, 1:57 PM IST
Posted by: Manali, Nov 03, 2021, 1:53 PM IST