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Economic activity in Germany slowed down, PMI 54.5

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Staff writer ▼ | February 22, 2016
Economic activity in Germany slowed down in February, with a buoyant services sector helping to offset weak manufacturing.
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Germany   Index for factory sector dropped from 52.3 to 50.2
Markit's composite purchasing managers' index for both sectors dropped from 54.5 in January to 53.8, a seven-month low, according to a preliminary reading from the survey compiler.

A gauge for the country's factory sector dropped from 52.3 to 50.2, a 15-month low (consensus: 51.9), while a barometre for the services sector in fact rose from 55.0 to 55.1, revealing a slight acceleration in activity (consensus: 54.7).

Oliver Kolodseike, economist at Markit, called attention to the fact that Monday's reading marked a second consecutive month of deceleration and how hiring had eased to its weakest in almost a year.

Panellists had commented that weak global demand had acted as drag on growth, Kolodseike pointed out.


 

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