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Sharpest rise in Dubai private sector output for almost one-and-a-half years

posted on 10/08/2016: 2707 views

Dubai private sector companies signalled a positive start to the third quarter of 2016, with overall business conditions improving at the fastest pace since March 2015.

This was highlighted by a rise in the headline seasonally adjusted Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker Index from 54.6 in June to 55.9 in July. The index – a composite indicator designed to give an accurate overview of operating conditions in the non-oil private sector economy – has signalled a recovery in operating conditions in each month since the series-record low seen in February. Moreover, the latest reading is now back above the long-run survey average (55.1).

The best performing sub-sector monitored by the survey was wholesale & retail (index at 57.3 in July), followed by travel & tourism (55.1) and construction (53.5). In each case, the latest readings were above the crucial 50.0 no-change value.

The headline Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker Index is derived from individual diffusion indices which measure changes in output, new orders, employment, suppliers' delivery times and stocks of purchased goods.

A reading of below 50.0 indicates that the non-oil private sector economy is generally declining; above 50.0, that it is generally expanding. A reading of 50.0 signals no change.

The survey covers the Dubai non-oil private sector economy, with additional sector data published for travel & tourism, wholesale & retail and construction.

Commenting on the Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker, Khatija Haque, Head of MENA Research at Emirates NBD, said: "The improvement in the Dubai Economy Tracker index in July is consistent with the rise in the whole UAE Purchasing Managers Index last month, and is underpinned by stronger new work and output growth. The wholesale & retail sector in particular probably benefitted from holiday spending over Eid.

Higher levels of business activity have now been recorded for five consecutive months, following the moderate decline seen in February. Moreover, the latest expansion of private sector output was the fastest since February 2015. While wholesale & retail companies recorded the strongest upturn in business activity, the acceleration in growth since June was driven by steeper rises in the construction and travel & tourism sectors.

Greater levels of business activity translated into a moderate expansion of private sector employment in July. The latest increase in payroll numbers was the joint-fastest since November 2015, led by a rebound in job hiring among travel & tourism companies. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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