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Keeping up to date with general business conditions
Advantages of PMI reports

Keeping up-to-date with general economic conditions forms an essential part of many job roles, particularly business planning, purchasing, sales & marketing and forecasting.

A large number of economic reports are produced by many companies and organisations. However, many of these sources have drawbacks:

  • Partiality: analysis produced by banks and similar institutions may be biased to reflect the interests of the publisher. Media comment may in particular reflect political bias.
    Markit is completely impartial, having no commercial interests or objectives besides the provision of accurate business trend information.

  • Relevance: much filtering may be required to find information that is truly relevant to the reader’s business needs. Analysis can also often be out of date by the time it has been published.
    Our reports contain only information that is relevant to the reader, based on data provided by the industry itself.

  • Use of jargon: not everyone has a background in economics and some reports are full of jargon and complex analysis.
    We use plain English in our reports, recognising that our readers range from corporate economists to business people with little or no knowledge of economics, but who just want to know what’s going on in the economy.

  • Conciseness: many reports are simply too long for the average busy business user, who just wants a quick overview.
    We keep text and report length to a minimum, even providing a monthly one-figure overview (the “PMI”) if that is all you need.

Using the PMI reports to get a general overview

Panel members are sent complimentary copies of the survey reports each month. The front covers of our reports include a short overview of the latest monthly survey highlights, with a headline number (the PMI) providing an at-a-glance summary of business conditions that month, allowing users to quickly see if general business conditions are improving or deteriorating, and whether – for example – growth has peaked.

More details on all of the survey findings, including prices, employment, capacity, stock levels and other key business trends, are provided inside the reports and are accompanied by charts and tables. Our brief guide can help you better understand how to interpret the PMI indicators.

It is often important to keep up to date not just with business conditions in your own country and sector, but to also monitor global trends. In this respect, we now produce monthly reports in all of the main economies of the world (see data coverage). Reports provide the most up-to-date overview of worldwide and European trends available, including international comparisons and comparisons with official national data, illustrating the reliable track record of the PMIs.

Panel members have free access to all of these reports.

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