Sri Lanka's Services PMI dropped to 52.9 in August 2019 from a 12-month high of 57.1 in the previous month, driven by a slowdown in new businesses (52.7 vs 59.9), business activity (59.6 vs 63.5) and expectations for activity (63.4 vs 71.4). In addition, employment continued to contract (43.6 vs 43.2), due to retirements and time lags in filling vacant positions; while backlogs of work also fell (45.3 vs 47.7). Services Pmi in Sri Lanka averaged 57.33 from 2015 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 66.80 in May of 2015 and a record low of 44.70 in May of 2019.
Services Pmi in Sri Lanka is expected to be 53.50 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Services Pmi in Sri Lanka to stand at 53.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Services PMI is projected to trend around 56.90 in 2020, according to our econometric models.