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Services still strong in India: survey

business Updated: Sep 05, 2012 23:18 IST

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India’s services sector growth improved in August --registering the fastest pace in six months --as the segment continued to show “resilience” amid sagging economic scenario, HSBC said on Wednesday.

The HSBC’s Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for August inched upwards to 55, from 54.2 in July. The index has kept above the 50-mark below which it indicates contraction, since November 2011.

“The service sector continues to demonstrate resilience with activity picking up in August,” said Leif Eskesen, chief economist, India and ASEAN, HSBC.

August witnessed the fastest pace of growth in new business orders since February and there was also marked increase in optimism about the future, HSBC said.

Private sector companies in India witnessed a further rise in new orders during August. It was the sixth successive month of job creation in the sector.

Earlier an HSBC survey had shown that India’s manufacturing sector witnessed the weakest growth rate in nine months in August because of shrinking export orders and disruptions caused by power failures.

Accordingly, the HSBC India Composite Output Index, which maps both services and manufacturing activity, fell slightly to 54.3 in August from 54.4 in July.