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On January 4th, the FTSE 100 made a strong comeback, rebounding by 0.5% to surpass 7720 after facing two consecutive sessions of losses.
Notably, energy shares, including BP, increased by 0.5% after terminating their agreement with Equinor for supplying power to New York state from the offshore wind farm, Empire Wind 2.
British clothing retailer Next Plc (NEXT) achieved a remarkable surge of 5%, reaching a record high, and raised its annual profit outlook. However, JD Sports Fashion experienced a significant downturn of 23%, hitting a two-month low, as the sportswear retailer revised down its full-year profit forecast.
In economic news, UK consumer borrowing expanded by a net £2.0 billion in November 2023, marking the highest since March 2017 and surpassing the expected £1.4 billion rise. Additionally, loans for home purchases totaled 50.1K, surpassing forecasts.
The final PMI survey revealed that Britain’s services output in December grew more robustly than initially estimated, reaching a seven-month high in optimism.
The UK Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 53.4 in December 2023 from 50.9 in November, exceeding the preliminary estimate of 52.7. This marked the second straight month of expansion in the British services sector, defying the contractionary trend across the Eurozone. The pace of growth was the fastest since June, thanks to a further increase in new orders.
(UK Services PMI，S&P Global)
Survey respondents reported tentative signs of a revival in consumer demand, particularly in financial services and technology. This growth occurred despite ongoing cost-of-living pressures, tighter household budgets, and the Bank of England’s restrictive monetary policy stance.
Additionally, wage pressures drove the sharpest input cost inflation since August, leading to subdued hiring and higher output charges. Finally, optimism toward business conditions over the next 12 months improved to a seven-month high.
PMI stands for Purchasing Managers’ Index. It is an indicator of economic health for manufacturing and service sectors. Learn more.
The UK Services PMI is calculated based on survey responses from purchasing managers in the services sector. Details.
The UK Services PMI provides insights into the activity level of purchasing managers in the services sector, reflecting economic trends and potential investment opportunities.
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