PMI rises sharply in September, pointing to fresh momentum in non-energy private sector

8 Oct 2019

PMI by IHS Markit

Doha, Qatar

The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) have today announced that there has been a 41% increase in new firms that have registered under the QFCRA for H1 (1st January to 30th June 2017) compared to H1 in 2016.

 

The newly registered firms come from a wide variety of sectors including information technology, education and training, events and PR, advisory and consulting.

 

The bulk of firms that have registered with the QFCA so far in 2017 are from Qatar as well as a vast increase in European firms. There have also been a number of firms from the MENA and Asia Pacific regions

 

Commenting on this positive development, Yousuf Al Jaida, CEO of the QFC Authority said:

The PMI signalled returning growth momentum in Qatar's non-energy economy in September. Moreover, the headline figure posted a steeper gain than in August. The overall rise during the past two months of 3.8 points is the largest observed since September-October 2017. The three main components of the PMI – new orders, output and employment – also posted steeper gains in September.

Firms highlighted new projects and work related to the 2022 World Cup as driving new business, and this also underpinned stronger expectations for output over the next 12 months. The Future Activity Index surged to the highest in 2019 so far and the second-highest on record.