Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5/2/2013: Services PMI v CSO Services Index... hmm...


In the previous post, I raised some questions about the real tangible quality of the PMI data for Services when it comes to reflecting upon the Irish economy. Here is a bit of more disturbing evidence. I plotted in the chart below the contemporaneous index of services sectors activity as measured by the CSO and the services PMI.



In short - there is no relationship. It is effectively zero. So either PMI does not accurately reflect services activity, or services activity index doesn't reflect it. Or more likely - both series have serious shortfalls. However, overall the question about PMI for services validity in providing an insight into the real economy is still open...
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