The economy is solid, at least the service sector, but on the whole is losing momentum, based on Markit's flash data for June. The composite PMI slowed to 53.0 vs Econoday's consensus for 53.8 with services also at 53.0 and manufacturing at 52.1, both short of expectations.
Services offer the best news with new orders and employment solid and optimism on the outlook particularly positive. In a special sign of strength, service companies in the sample are reporting the best gains in selling prices so far this year.
Manufacturing, however, moved to its slowest rate since September last year with both new orders and output down, offsetting gains in hiring and also inventories. Input costs slowed with selling prices here still weak.
The service strength in this report keeps it from being downbeat, though the weakness in manufacturing, which has been struggling this quarter, is not welcome.