Israel: Business activity in manufacturing sectors continues to fall in February
March 20, 2019
Business activity in Israel’s manufacturing sector continued to decrease in February, albeit at a softer pace than in January. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), produced by Bank Hapoalim and the Israeli Purchasing & Logistics Managers Association (IPLMA), rose from 47.9 in January to 49.6 and consequently remained below the neutral 50-point mark separating contraction from expansion in the manufacturing sector.
The change in the headline figure was driven by a rebound in domestic and foreign demand, which subsequently led to stronger growth in output and a slight tick up in employment. However, the rise in the index was held back by a drop in stocks of finished goods and purchasing activity.
Israel Fixed Investment Forecast
FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect fixed investment to increase 4.7% in 2019, down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2020, the panelists expect fixed investment to expand 3.8%.
Author: Jan Lammersen, Economist