Italian and Spanish Services Activity Hits Six-month Low

Economic activity in Spain and Italy’s services sector has hit a six-month low according to a widely watched business survey, as consumer companies bear the brunt of lockdowns to battle the spread of coronavirus, the Financial Times reported. Italy’s IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index for services fell for the third consecutive month to 39.4 in November, while the Spanish index fell for the fourth consecutive month to 39.5. A reading below the 50 mark indicates that a majority of businesses reported a contraction in activity from the previous month. The fall in activity in Spain was smaller than expected by most economists, but in Italy it was more severe than most had predicted. Read more