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German Private Sector Growth Continues in May

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German Private Sector Growth

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The German private sector experienced a second month of growth in May, spurred by robust activity in the services sector, according to a preliminary survey released on Thursday.


Encouraging PMI Figures

The HCOB German Flash Composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), compiled by S&P Global, climbed to 52.2 in May, up from 50.6 in April.

This exceeded the Reuters poll forecast of 51.0, signaling solid growth as any reading above 50 indicates an expansion in activity.


Services Sector Leads Growth

The services sector saw significant gains, with its PMI rising to 53.9 in May from 53.2 in April, marking its highest level in 11 months and surpassing the forecast of 53.5.

“The service sector, in particular, showed robust growth in May, expanding for three consecutive months,” stated Cyrus de la Rubia, chief economist at Hamburg Commercial Bank.


Manufacturing Shows Signs of Recovery

Although the manufacturing sector remained in contraction, there were positive signs of recovery. The manufacturing PMI increased to 45.4 from 42.5 in April, exceeding the expected 43.1 and reaching a four-month high.

“While the increase in the headline manufacturing PMI is positive, the accelerated downsizing of purchased and final goods stocks slightly dampens the outlook,” noted de la Rubia.


Positive Hiring Trends

The survey also indicated a general uptick in hiring activity, as firms reported stronger demand and increased optimism about the future.

This positive sentiment was reflected in the overall composite PMI, which tracks both services and manufacturing sectors, and accounts for a significant portion of the euro zone’s largest economy.


 Outlook and Implications

The continued growth in the German private sector, especially driven by the services sector, offers hope for the broader economy. The notable improvement in manufacturing, despite remaining in contraction, and the rise in employment levels suggest a cautiously optimistic outlook.

As the PMI indices signal further expansion, the German economy may be on a path to more sustained growth.