INTERNATIONAL - Kenya’s private sector activity fell in February to its lowest level in 15 months, hurt by slowing consumer demand and growth in output, a survey showed on Tuesday.
The Markit Stanbic Bank Kenya Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing and services fell to 51.2 from 53.2 in January. Any reading above 50.0 indicates growth.
That was the lowest reading for the PMI since November 2017, when conditions last worsened.
At that time Kenya was emerging from a presidential election that had to be repeated in October 2017 after the country’s top court nullified the original August vote. Economic activity had been subdued in the months leading to the polls.
Economic activity remained subdued until after March 2018, when President Uhuru Kenyatta and his foremost rival, opposition leader Raila Odinga, reconciled.