United Arab Emirates PMI February 2017

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United Arab Emirates: PMI climbs again in February

March 5, 2017

The Emirates NDB Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose from 55.3 in January to 56.0 in February, the highest figure in one and a half years. The index has now been increasing uninterruptedly since November last year and remains comfortably above the 50-point threshold that separates expansion from contraction in the non-oil producing private sector.

February’s increase was driven by growth in output and new work amid an environment of strong domestic and external demand. In response to healthy operating conditions, businesses hired extra workers and ramped up purchasing activity, with a resulting increase in stock levels. Input prices rose moderately over the month and at a slower pace than in January. Despite this, firms raised output prices for the first time in over a year in a bid to boost profit margins. According to Khatija Haque, Head of MENA Research at Emirates NBD, “higher oil prices have likely contributed to improved sentiment and business activity over the last few months.”

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect GDP to expand 2.5% in 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2018, the panel sees the economy growing 3.2%.


Author:, Economist

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UAE PMI February 2017

Note: Emirates NBD Purchasing Managers’ Index. Readings above 50 indicate an improvement in non-oil business conditions while readings below 50 indicate a deterioration.
Source: Emirates NBD and IHS Markit.


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