India’s services sector growth eased slightly in May, but registered the second-strongest rate of growth in close to 13 years, on favourable demand conditions and new client wins, a monthly survey said on Monday.
The seasonally adjusted S&P Global India Services PMI Business Activity Index fell from 62 in April to 61.2 in May.
Despite falling from April, the latest reading indicated that output increased at the second-quickest pace since July 2010.
For the 22nd straight month, the headline figure was above the neutral 50 threshold. In Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) parlance, a print above 50 means expansion while a score below 50 denotes contraction.
“The PMI data for May stand as a compelling testament to prevailing demand resilience, impressive output growth and job creation within India’s dynamic service sector,” said Pollyanna De Lima, Economics Associate Director at S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Additionally, monitored companies expanded their workforces to accommodate for higher intakes of new work.
Going ahead, services companies maintained an upbeat view that business activity would increase over the coming 12 months.