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Britain's services output growth dips in January

Britain's services output growth dips in January

Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 traded 1.14 percent lower at 7,358.50 by 10:10 GMT, while at 10:00GMT, the FxWirePro's Hourly Pound Strength Index remained slightly bearish at -94.93 (a reading above +75 indicates a bullish trend, while that below -75 a bearish trend).

The Caixin China General Services Business Activity Index, which mainly monitors small and medium-sized firms, rose to 54.7 last month, up from 53.9 in December.

"Indeed, activity rose at a faster pace amid a stronger expansion in new business inflows". At the same time, manufacturers signalled the quickest upturn in production levels since December 2016. "Demand for transport and communication services was down for the second straight month".

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Commenting on the Indian Services PMI survey data, Aashna Dodhia, Economist at IHS Markit, and author of the report, said: "The recovery across India's service sector continued during January, with growth in output picking up to the joint-strongest since June 2017 as underlying demand conditions improved".

Service sector staff numbers have now risen for seventeen months in succession, with some firms adding to their payrolls due to greater business requirements.

Also known as the tertiary sector, it accounted for 51.6% of the country's economic output previous year, the same as in 2016 and up from 50.2% in 2015, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in January for the 96th consecutive month, according to a survey of purchasing managers. Moreover, the rate of job creation edged up to a five-month high. Nonetheless, the marked slowdown in the manufacturing sector led composite input prices to increase at the slowest pace for five months.

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"The January PMIs so far suggest the adjustment in the housing sector persisted into January while more of the demand was coming from external sources rather than domestic, all suggesting no reason the Services PMI should outperform the softer January data".

Although inflation is still nowhere near their target ceiling of 2 per cent, European Central Bank policymakers halved their monthly asset purchases from January and are expected to end the quantitative easing programme completely by the end of the year.

China's private sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in seven years in January driven by accelerated rates of activity growth across both manufacturing and services.

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