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The services sector witnessed a moderation in June as the pace of growth in new orders placed at private sector firms was the weakest in the last 50-month period, HSBC said
Output of the country’s services sector slowed down in June due to a decline in new business orders and subdued economic conditions, an HSBC survey showed.
The HSBC/Markit purchasing managers’ index for the services industry, which was released today, fell from May’s three-month high of 53.6 to 51.7 in June.
The services sector, which accounts for around 60% of India’s GDP, witnessed a moderation in June as the pace of growth in new orders placed at private sector firms was the weakest in the last 50-month period, HSBC said.
Moreover, subdued economic conditions were also a major factor behind the deceleration in output growth, HSBC said.
A reading above 50 shows that the sector is expanding, while that below 50 shows that the output in the sector is contracting.
“Service sector activity grew at a slower clip as new business flows moderated, which made businesses less optimistic about the year ahead,” HSBC chief economist for India and ASEAN Leif Eskesen said.
The slower pace of growth in the services sector is reflected in service providers’ subdued optimism towards output growth in the next 12 months.
Earlier this week, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI showed that the manufacturing sector output remained broadly flat in June as new orders declined for the first time in over four years.
Accordingly, the HSBC India Composite Output Index, which maps services and manufacturing activity, fell from 52 in May to 50.9 in June.
“Notwithstanding the slowdown, inflation readings firmed (up) on the back of higher labour and raw material prices, with the depreciation of the rupee also cited as a factor,” Eskesen said.
The rupee last week sank to an all-time low of 60.76 against the dollar on heavy capital outflows and month-end dollar demand from importers.
This is the first time since 27th June that the domestic currency has fallen below the 60 level
The rupee on Wednesday fell by 37 paise to again slip below the 60 mark to 60.03 against the dollar in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, on heavy dollar demand tracking strengthening of the US currency overseas.
This is the first time since 27th June that the domestic currency has fallen below the 60 level. The rupee had touched an all-time low of 60.76 against the dollar on 26th June.
Forex dealers said besides dollar gaining against other currencies to trade at nearly one-month high in the global markets on strong economic data, a lower opening of the domestic equity market also put pressure on the rupee.
The rupee had depreciated by 14 paise to close at 59.66 against the dollar yesterday on defence-related dollar demand losses in the local stock market.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark Sensex fell by 211.54 points, or 1.09%, to 19,252.19 in early trade today.