Employment improves in purchasing sector

The purchasing managers index for Dutch industry remained unchanged in January while the employment increase was the largest in one month since June 2007, according to the latest figures from the Association for Purchasing Management (Nevi).

The index was stable at 57.5 in January. An index score of below 50 shows decline in industrial activity, while above 50 indicates a growing economy.
The number of new orders increased significantly, especially from export markets, and purchasing managers also increased their capacity by employing more staff, says Nevi.
The average sale price rose, with retail price inflation at its highest for nearly three years. This suggests that companies are able to pass on higher input costs to customers.

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