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With input demand rising, alongside increases in tax burdens and global material prices, firms’ overall costs grew at the sharpest pace since September 2018. www.theexchange.africa

The index pointed to a solid improvement in the health of the private sector economy, helped by a recovery in business activity as Covid-19 cases continued to fall across the country.

New business levels at Kenyan companies rose sharply in February, as survey panellists commented on a rebound in customer demand and increased marketing efforts.

The rate of growth was the second-fastest since October 2020.

Export sales rose to a much greater extent than in January, but growth remained weaker than seen in the fourth quarter of last year.…

The index signalled a solid decline in operating conditions, albeit one that was slower than those seen in April 2021 and during the second quarter of 2020.

“Economic activity started 2022 on a subdued note as evidenced by the Stanbic PMI reading that fell to the lowest level in nine months. The reading was below 50 which indicated a deterioration in business conditions from December,” Kuria Kamau, Fixed Income and Currency Strategist at Stanbic Bank commented.

While export demand grew marginally, domestic demand fell significantly as client spending was negatively affected by rising inflation and a resurgence in Covid-19 due to the Omicron variant, he noted.…

  • Kenya’s headline figure climbed to 51.4 in October, from 50.4 in September.
  • Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month.
  • The increase was largely driven by the normalization of business spending following pandemic-related measures.

The Kenya Purchasing Managers’ Index ticked higher in October, as output growth strengthened for the first time in five months and new business continued to grow.

According to the Markit Stanbic Bank Kenya survey, the country’s headline figure climbed to 51.4 in October, from 50.4 in September.

Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions on the previous month, while readings below 50.0 show a deterioration.

During the period, new business volumes continued to rise, extending the current run of growth that began in May.

For the first time in five months, the seasonally adjusted Output Index ticked higher in October, thus signalling a faster expansion in Kenyan business activity.…