Development within the UK service sector accelerated final month, in line with a intently watched survey.
The most recent Markit/CIPS service sector buying managers’ index (PMI) rose to 54.9 from the earlier month’s determine of 53.three.
A determine above 50 signifies progress within the sector.
It was first time for 4 months that the expansion fee has improved, though Markit mentioned the tempo remained “comparatively subdued”.
Sterling rose to its highest level towards the euro since mid-August at 70.78 pence after the numbers had been launched, and towards the greenback it rose to $1.5446.
The survey discovered that jobs progress hit a five-month excessive amongst companies firms, which account for about three-quarters of exercise within the UK’s non-public sector.
Markit chief economist Chris Williamson mentioned: “Such an enchancment, along with the revival in hiring signalled by the three surveys … might coax extra policymakers into [voting to raise] rates of interest earlier than the top of the 12 months.”
Nonetheless, he added: “Dovish policymakers will word the continuing lack of inflationary pressures in October, suggesting that there isn’t a must rush into elevating charges.”
Most economists don’t count on the Financial institution of England to boost charges till the second quarter of subsequent 12 months.