UK Service Sector Data Boosts Chances of Triple-dip Recession

Britain’s services sector grew faster than expected in February, raising hopes that the economy could narrowly avoid sliding into a triple-dip recession.

The monthly snapshot of business conditions from CIPS/Markit showed the sector – which accounts for three-quarters of Britain’s economic output – growing for the second month running.

The closely watched purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for services jumped to 51.8 from 51.5 in January, beating expectations of a reading of 51. A figure above 50 suggests the sector is expanding.

That could bring the country back from the brink. The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the final three months of 2012; if output falls again in the first three months of 2013, Britain would officially drop into a triple-dip. Downbeat reports from manufacturing and construction made that outcome look increasingly likely, but the dominant services sector could lift Britain’s economic fortunes.

via Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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