Israel PMI February 2019

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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:, Economist

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Note: Bank Hapoalim Purchasing Managers’ Index. Readings above 50 indicate an improvement in non-oil business conditions while readings below 50 indicate a deterioration.
Source: Bank Hapoalim and IPLMA.


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