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IHS Markit Global Sector PMI™

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IHS Markit Global Sector PMI™
Sep 2021
  Healthcare Services moves top of global sector rankings in August as Tourism & Recreation slows  

Key findings

  • Healthcare Services tops output growth rankings for first time since November 2020
  • Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology moves up ten places in table to second
  • Tourism & Recreation drops to fifteenth, having topped rankings in June and July

The latest Global Sector PMI™ data from IHS Markit revealed growth of output across 17 out of 21 sectors monitored in August, the lowest total since February and following universal growth throughout the previous four months. Moreover, of the sectors to record expansion, 11 registered slower rates of increase than in July.

The top-five ranked sectors in August were all services-related, led by the two Healthcare sectors: Healthcare Services and Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology. Healthcare Services topped the rankings for the first time since November 2020, and the fifth time since the pandemic began. The other sectors in the top five rankings were all constituents of the Financials group: Insurance, Banks and Other Financials. Technology Equipment and Machinery & Equipment were the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in sixth and seventh, respectively, although both saw growth rates slow since July.

Three of the four sectors to record lower output in August were located in manufacturing, namely Construction Materials, Forestry & Paper Products and Automobiles & Auto Parts. The latter ranked nineteenth overall, a marked turnaround since the second half of 2020 when the sector was consistently ranked in the top three global sectors. The only non-manufacturing sector to post a decline in output was Software & Services, where business activity fell for the first time since January. In terms of new business, three sectors registered declines in August: Forestry & Paper Products, Real Estate and Construction Materials.




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The Global Sector PMI data provide corporate planners and decision makers, economic analysts, policy makers and investors with a powerful and unique database with which to monitor business cycles by industry. Sector trends over time can be tracked as well as relative performance between sectors, allowing identification of key growth industries and the drivers within them. The dataset provides monthly indicators of business trends across variables such as output, order books, prices, inventories and employment for eight major groups including: basic materials, consumer goods, consumer services, financials, healthcare, industrials, technology and telecommunication services; and a further 26 sectors and subsectors of those groups.
(source: IHS Markit Global Sector PMI™ Index)



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