DE: PMI Composite


Thu Sep 03 02:55:00 CDT 2015

Consensus Actual Previous
Composite - Level 54.0 55.0 53.7
Services - Level 53.6 54.9 53.8

Highlights
August's flash composite output index was revised up a full point to 55.0 in the final data for the month. The new level was 1.3 points above July's final reading, a 5-month high and strong enough to indicate a solid performance by the economy in mid-quarter.

The adjustment to the composite output gauge came courtesy of the service sector for which the preliminary PMI was revised some 1.3 points firmer to 54.9, also its best reading in five months. New orders rose strongly, backlogs were up and employment posted its largest gain since February. Against this backdrop, business expectations for the year ahead climbed to a 4-month peak.

Inflation developments were mildly positive with only a modest rise in input costs but the sharpest jump in service provider charges in a year and a half.

The final PMI report paints a generally upbeat picture of the German economy last month and suggests that GDP growth over the period could well exceed the 0.4 percent quarterly rate recorded in the April-June period. With prices also rising, albeit only slowly, accelerating output suggests that domestic economic trends are moving in the right direction for German and Eurozone policymakers alike.

Definition
The Germany Composite PMI is based on original survey data collected from a representative panel of 1,000 companies based in the German manufacturing and service sectors. The final Germany Composite PMI follows on from the flash estimate which is released a week earlier and is typically based on at least 75 percent of total PMI survey responses each month.

The Germany Services PMI is produced by Markit and is based on original survey data collected from a representative panel of over 500 companies based in the German service sector. The final Germany Services PMI follows on from the flash estimate which is released a week earlier and is typically based on at least 75 percent of total PMI survey responses each month.


Description
The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) survey has developed an outstanding reputation for providing the most up-to-date possible indication of what is really happening in the private sector economy by tracking variables such as sales, employment, inventories and prices. The indices are widely used by businesses, governments and economic analysts in financial institutions to help better understand business conditions and guide corporate and investment strategy. In particular, central banks in many countries (including the European Central Bank) use the data to help make interest rate decisions. PMI surveys are the first indicators of economic conditions published each month and are therefore available well ahead of comparable data produced by government bodies.