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Khatija Haque - Head of MENA Research
Published Date: 16 August 2018
The headline Dubai Economy Tracker Index (DET) declined to 54.9 in July from 56.0 in June, signalling the slowest growth in Dubai’s private sector in three months. Both output and new work rose sharply in July, although not as much as in June. Furthermore, the apparently strong demand was on the back of extensive price discounting, with average selling prices falling at the sharpest rate since January 2017. At the same time, input costs continued to rise, further squeezing margins.
Against this background, it is unsurprising that employment growth so far this year has been the softest on record. Although the employment index ticked up to 50.9 in July, the average year to date is just 50.5, the lowest since the series began in January 2010.
Source: IHS Markit, Emirates NBD Research
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