Service sector records strong growth

Services reported growth yesterday, following good news from Manufacturing earlier in the week, as it was announced the sector grew in January by its fastest rate for 10 months, according to the results of a key survey.

The closely-monitored Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) saw a rise from 54 for December to 56 in January. Any figure above 50 indicates growth, as fears of a new recession at the start of the year look likely to be reduced.

Markit also reported increased business confidence in the sector, which makes up more than 70% of the UK’s economic output.

Chief economist for Markit, Chris Williamson, said of the report findings, "A slide back into recession is now looking increasingly unlikely. The economy could well expand at close to trend rate - around 2-2.5% per annum - in the first quarter if business conditions hold up in the next two months."

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