In August, output declined modestly, driven by price pressures that constrained capacity
Despite the modest decline since May, inflationary pressures remained below the earlier peaks witnessed in January
According to S&P Global data, the index was up from 45.5 in January to signal a softer downturn.
According to S&P Global data, the reading indicated a sharp deterioration in the health of the non-oil sector that was one of the quickest seen in the current 26-month sequence of decline.
The main reason for the recession was the rapid decline in business activity, with companies participating in the study reporting that rapidly rising costs and declining new orders forced them to cut production.
The index signaled a solid deterioration in business conditions, albeit one that was the joint-weakest for seven months, it revealed.
The PMI for the activity of the non-oil private sector increased from 46.4 points in July to 47.6 points in August.
The results of the index revealed that the Egyptian non-oil businesses continued to register a decline in new order intakes at the start of the third quarter.
It clarified that businesses saw demand slump in the face of sharply rising prices, a devalued pound and material shortfalls.
It noted that the index signaled a solid deterioration in business conditions that was the second-fastest since June 2020.
It noted that the latest reading indicated a solid decline in the health of the non-oil economy that was the sharpest recorded since June 2020.
The index came below the 50.0 neutral mark for the fifteenth month running and only fractionally higher than January's nine-month low of 47.9.
The index moved closer to the 50.0 neutral threshold and was above its long-run series average of 48.2 (since April 2011).
A sharp rise in business costs continued to drive higher selling prices and lower demand across the Egyptian non-oil economy during November. New business fell at the quickest pace for six months, leading to a decrease in output as well as renewed cuts in employment and purchasing. Subsequently, expectations for future output fell to their weakest in a year.
The Egyptian non-oil private sector faced a widening of the supply chain crisis in October, as a lack of inputs led to a solid contraction in output and the sharpest increases in both costs and charges for just over three years.
The index was below the 50.0 neutral mark for the 10th month in a row, signaling a contraction in the non-oil economy.
The survey data noted that growing concerns over raw material prices and signs of a pick-up in demand led to a record expansion in purchasing activity among Egyptian firms in August.
The PMI report indicated that the index scored 49.1 points during July 2021, in addition to the Egyptian labor market moving to the scope of expansion in July 2021 for the first time since October 2019, according to a statement issued, Wednesday.
The latest reading pointed to a slight deterioration in the health of the non-oil sector, and one that was softer than the series trend.
It marked the highest level since November 2020, according to the announced data.