Britain’s recovery is on track to outstrip the rest of Europe following a strong performance by the services sector in August.
The purchasing managers index, published by Markit, jumped to a new post-financial-crash high of 60.5 in August, up from 60.2 in July and its highest level since December 2006.
Markit said the latest survey of the all-important sector, which accounts for around 78% of the economy, sent the all-sector PMI to its highest level since the series began in 1998.
Chris Williamson, the data provider’s chief European economist, said growth was now accelerating in manufacturing, services and construction, and that GDP growth could exceed 1.0% in the third quarter of the year.
The broad-based nature of the recovery will encourage George Osborne, who in public has remained careful to highlight the risks to the recovery.
Williamson said the latest data showed that growth was principally supported by a rise in new business.
Order books at companies ranging from banks to restaurants rose at the fastest pace since May 1997, the month Tony Blair first became prime minister.
via The Guardian
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