IHS Markit/CIPS Flash PMIs (Aug.)

The chunky fall in the composite activity PMI suggests that the economy struggled to gain fresh momentum in August despite the apparent easing of the “pingdemic” and the final relaxation of all domestic COVID-19 restrictions.
Kieran Tompkins Assistant Economist
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Money & Credit (Jun.)

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IHS Markit/CIPS Flash PMIs (Jul.)

The second consecutive decline in the flash composite PMI in July came as no surprise to us as we expected the pace of the economic recovery to naturally slow after the big gains following the reopening of retail and hospitality. But there are also some signs that product and labour shortages are starting to restrain activity.

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