Ireland PMI August 2021


Ireland: Services PMI falls in August, but remains in expansionary territory

September 3, 2021

The IHS Markit Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 63.7 in August from July's 66.6. As such, the index remained well above the 50-threshold, signaling a continued improvement in business conditions from the previous month, albeit at a weaker pace.

The lower reading owed itself to slightly slower total services output growth compared to July, although it was still the second strongest since the beginning of 2016: Technology, media and telecommunications firms enjoyed particularly robust output growth. Against this backdrop, employment continued to rise sharply, as the economic panorama remained bright. New business rose for the sixth month running, while incomplete workloads continued to increase. Amid such a strong level of business activity, cost pressures surged, with input price inflation reaching the highest level since December 2000, and output prices also rising rapidly as service providers passed through higher costs onto the customers.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists project fixed investment to contract 14.8% in 2021, which is down 6.4 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2022, the panel sees fixed investment growth at 9.3%.


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Note: Investec Services PMI. Readings above 50 indicate an overall increase in business activity compared to the previous month, and below 50 an overall decrease.
Source: AIB and IHS Markit.

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