Ganz schwacher Markit PMI Servie – der Index fällt mit 49,7 erstmals seit 2,5 Jahren wieder unter die 50er-Marke und signalisiert damit Kontraktion.
February data pointed to a fractional reduction in U.S. service sector business activity, which ended a 27-month period of sustained growth. At the same time, new business volumes expanded at the slowest rate since January 2015 and serviceproviders were the least optimistic about their growth prospects for five-an-a-half years.
Survey respondents noted that heightened uncertainty about wider economic outlook, and reluctance among clients to commit to new projects, were factors that had weighed on their business sentiment
Adjusted for seasonal influences, the final Markit U.S. Services Business Activity Index registered 49.7 in February, down from 53.2 in January and below the neutral 50.0 value for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years.
As a result, the latest reading indicated the weakest service sector performance the government shutdown disrupted business activity in October 2013.
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