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PMI: The service sector has grown tremendously in January

There has been an upsurge in the Indian service sector with it expanding in January. It was registered that there was an increased rise in the activity in three months as per the monthly survey. This rise has been due to the increase in the new business orders. The activity index of Nikkei Services Business improved to 51.7 in January showing a faster expansion from 50.9 in the month of December. The index was at 48.5 in the month of November, therefore, separating growth from contraction for the second month consecutively. Aashna Dodhia, an economist at HIS Markit and the author of the report quoted that this recovery in the service sector of India continued during January with growth picking up at a fast pace from June 2017 since the underlying demands got better.

New business inflows and all the backlogs in the Indian service providers were taken care of by increasing the workforce for the fifth month in January. The rate of jobs being created too has been the fastest since the last September. Dodhia also said that though the service providers were able to pass on a good proportion of their cost burdens onto the customers, the input cost inflation has been weak across the service sector by historical standards. Also, the firms did not receive timely payments alongside which the job-creation rose to the second largest over the last six-and-a-half years. But, the GST was a key constraint to businesses and with respect to its manufacturing counterpart, the service sector remained a struggle.

According to the survey, this entire growth of the service sector was overall consistent. There was also a modest improvement in the operating conditions across the entire private sector as a whole.

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