United Kingdom construction activity subdued in October and confidence for next year falls


Manufacturing activity in October was more subdued than the level seen in the previous month due to a slowdown in new orders caused by the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, according to a private sector survey.

On the price front, input costs paid by service providers rose at the weakest rate in four months and the output price inflation eased from September to a modest pace.

At 50.8 in October, up from 48.1 in September, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) moved back above the 50.0 no-change mark. Results above 50 separate expansion from contraction.

The UK service sector expanded at the strongest pace in six months in October, largely driven by improved order books and client demand, survey data from IHS Markit showed Friday.

Business optimism softened even further below its long-run trend and lower than average in the first half of 2017.

"While an upturn in business activity growth to the fastest for six months adds some justification to the Bank of England's decision to hike interest rates for the first time in a decade, a deeper dive into the numbers highlights downside risks for the outlook".

Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey, said: "The latest PMI surveys bring mixed news on the economy".

According to analysts at Trading Economics, the inflation rate in India is expected to be 4 percent by the end of this quarter.

The services sector - which includes finance, real estate services, marketing, transportation and retailing - has become an increasingly important part of the Chinese economy, reflecting a shift away from traditional heavy-industry manufacturing and exports.

Service business activity stayed flat in October as employment rose and new business didn't grow as strongly as in recent months.

However, few key growth indicators remained relatively muted.

"With consumers still under mounting pressure from rising inflation and Brexit uncertainty remaining elevated, we doubt that the economy is about to accelerate yet".