Signs of Slowdown in Important UK Services Sector?

The U.K. may be heading for its weakest growth in a year, possibly heralding the start of a Brexit-induced slowdown.

IHS Markit’s gauges for manufacturing and the dominant services sector fell in February, with both readings coming in below economists’ median forecasts. While the construction index rose, that wasn’t enough to stop the composite Purchasing Managers Index falling to a six-month low of 53.8 from 55.5.

Markit’s combined surveys point to economic growth of 0.4 percent this quarter, which would be the slowest pace in a year and down from 0.7 percent in the previous three months.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.