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Japan’s service sector activity expands at fastest pace in 2 years -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A couple are seen at an outside table in a Japanese restaurant, Ikebukuro. This is during the COVID-19 outbreak that struck Tokyo on August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Androniki Christodoulou

TOKYO, Reuters – Japan’s service sector activity grew at its fastest rate in over two years in November due to a surge in new business. This indicates that consumers are more confident as the coronavirus epidemic has subsided.

This third-largest nation has been slow to recover after the impact of coronavirus curbs on some parts.

Seasonally adjusted, the final au Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers’ Index was 53.0, up from 50.7 in previous months and a flash reading of 52.1.

This was the fastest expansion rate since August 2019

Panel members noted that lifting the emergency measures was a catalyst for new orders. This is the reason why they saw a rise in sales.

Japanese service providers reduced staffing for the first-time since July, despite growing demand and evidence that there is pressure on their capacity.

Japan’s economy would benefit from increased spending on eating out, overnight stay and other services. There is a global chip shortage that continues and rising prices for raw material which are putting pressure on manufacturers.

Bhatti explained that “both manufacturers and service firms indicated prominent increases in cost pressures for November.”

Composite PMI is a measure of manufacturing and service. In October, it was 50.7. Now, it has risen to 53.3.

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