NewsEast & Horn AfricaKenya Purchasing Managers' Index shows private-sector activity rebound

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Posted on Thursday, 05 May 2016 10:00

Kenya Purchasing Managers' Index shows private-sector activity rebound

File photo©ReutersKenyan companies expanded production and got more new orders in April as demand for exports grew in regional markets, a survey showed on Thursday.

The Markit and CFC Stanbic Kenya Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 54.8 in April, from 52.6 in March. Anything above 50.0 denotes growth; anything below, contraction. The PMI is one of the indicators watched by the central bank's Monetary Policy Committee.

As regional infrastructure is bolstered [...] we suspect this avenue will continue to show more promise in the coming years

The rise in April's PMI was the fastest since the series began in January 2014. Jibran Qureishi, the regional economist for East Africa at CFC Stanbic, said respondents indicated exports to neighbouring Uganda had increased.

"As regional infrastructure is bolstered, through developments such as the Standard Gauge Railway, we suspect this avenue will continue to show more promise in the coming years,"Qureishi said.

Uganda concluded a presidential vote in February. Business activity had slowed during campaigning.

Despite the rise, the latest Kenya PMI was the lowest reading during the month of April since the series started. The central bank took control of mid-sized Chase Bank on April 7, stoking worries about the health of the financial sector.



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