UAE Non-Oil Businesses Witnesses Four Year High


The non-oil private sector in the United Arab Emirates had growth in October that was fueled by new orders, reaching its highest point in more than four years. A significant increase in the state of the industry is indicated by the seasonally adjusted S&P Global UAE Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), which rose to 57.7 in October from 56.7 in September, the highest level since June 2019.

Sharply rising new order intakes supported a marked increase in activity, as well as further additions to purchasing and staffing levels, the survey showed. "Strong economic conditions in the non-oil sector extended into the final quarter of the year, as October PMI results signalled a new recent record for new business growth. Rising at the fastest rate since June 2019, new order volumes provided additional support to output which continued to rise markedly," said David Owen, Senior Economist at S&P Global Market Intelligence.

In October, increased fuel and material prices coincided with a 15-month peak in inflationary pressures. As a result, companies increased their own selling prices for the first time in 18 months, albeit very slightly, while maintaining their discount policies. "After dropping to a recent low of 1% in July, headline inflation could therefore pick back up in forthcoming readings," said Owen.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, businesses increased their inventories due to the increase in the new orders index. Additionally, the 12-month prognosis continued to inspire confidence, which is at its second-highest level since March 2020. Strong demand estimates accounted for a substantial portion of the favourable outlook. The UAE's non-oil sector growth hit a four-year high in October due to a surge in new orders. October saw a four-year high in the UAE's non-oil sector growth as new orders increased.

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