UK business activity growth slows as new COVID-19 restrictions take effect


Growth in business activity in the UK slowed in September, according to a closely watched survey that indicated a summer economic surge was at risk from new restrictions to curb coronavirus. The IHS Markit/Cips UK flash composite purchasing managers’ index, down from a 72-month high of 59.1 in August but still above the 50-mark separating expansion from contraction. The flash reading, based on 85% of the usual monthly responses, was taken before the prime minister announced further restrictions to control coronavirus on Tuesday. IHS Markit economist Chris Williamson warned: "Unemployment is likely to soon start rising sharply...(which) raises fears that growth could fade further as we head into the winter months, especially as lockdown measures are tightened further".


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