Eurozone PMI shows growth, but at slowest rate for a year

22 October 2010
22 October 2010 | Angeline Albert 

This month’s Eurozone Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) shows the slowest growth for a year.

The composite output index, an average of the manufacturing output index and the services business activity index, fell for the third month running, dropping to 53.4 from 54.1 in September.

Released yesterday by financial analyst Markit, it shows while Eurozone output rose for the 15th successive month, growth slowed in both manufacturing and services. This slower output expansion was accompanied by a further loss of momentum of new orders and employment growth.

An increase in the growth rate of new manufacturing orders, which was driven by better export sales, was offset by a renewed slowing of new work for services. A sharp drop in service sector confidence about the year ahead suggested growth in this area could wane.

Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markitsaid: “A weakened order book trend and a sharp deterioration in confidence for the year ahead in the service sector suggest that we are set to see growth continue to moderate in coming months. This is likely to be met with a return to job cutting unless order books show an improvement soon.

“The weakness of the service sector is a growing concern, especially as activity fell at an increased rate outside of France and Germany. Even hitherto resilient France saw a steep slowing in service sector growth. The region’s recovery therefore appears to be increasingly dependent upon manufacturers, for whom an upturn in export sales was one of very few bright spots in the October survey.”

The PMI showed strong growth in France and Germany contrasted with contraction elsewhere. Outside of these nations, the growth trend deteriorated for the seventh consecutive month, with output falling for the first time since November 2009.

LATEST
JOBS
Hounslow, Heathrow /Richmond upon Thames
Competitive salary depending on experience plus generous share award
Tails.com
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Day Rate: £400 max.
Apsiz Services Ltd
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE