India's private sector output expands for first time since June 2013

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India's private sector output expands for first time since June 2013
India's private sector output expanded for the first time since June 2013, the HSBC Composite Output Index showed.
"The seasonally adjusted HSBC India Composite Output Index posted 50.3 (January: 49.6), indicating a fractional rate of expansion. The latest growth was centred on the manufacturing sector," a release from Markit pertaining to the HSBC Composite Index showed.

Adjusted for seasonal influences, the headline HSBC Services Business Activity Index rose from 48.3 in the previous month to 48.8 in February. This was consistent with a slight rate of contraction, and one that was the slowest in the current eight-month period of reduction. Where output declined, this was linked by survey respondents to lower levels of incoming new work and economic instability across the country. Sector data indicated that four of the six monitored categories recorded falling business activity, with the fastest decrease noted in Financial Intermediation.

Commenting on the India Services PMI survey, Leif Eskesen, Chief Economist for India & ASEAN at HSBC said:
"Service sector activity continued to stabilize, but the PMI reading remains below the water line and point to weak growth conditions. While inflation for input prices eased a bit, it picked up for prices charged as businesses passed on higher costs to clients. Despite the weak growth backdrop, the RBI will have to keep its inflation guards up to address lingering inflation pressures. Moreover, fiscal policy tightening to meet the deficit target will hold back government spending. This suggests that growth will remain subdued in coming months."

The headline HSBC Services Business Activity Index rose from 48.3 in the previous month to 48.8 in February. This was consistent with a slight rate of contraction, and one that was the slowest in the current eight-month period of reduction. Where output declined, this was linked by survey respondents to lower levels of incoming new work and economic instability across the country.

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