The Nikkei Business Activity index climbed to a 19-month high of 54.3 last month from 53.6 in December, pointing to a marked expansion of activity across the sector.

The overall increase in services output was mainly driven by a seventh successive monthly expansion of new business orders.

Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted Nikkei India Composite PMI Output index, which maps both manufacturing and services sectors, climbed from 51.6 in December to an 11-month high of 53.3 in January.

The survey respondents were also bullish about the output growth. Amid forecasts of further improvements in demand and favourable government policies, service providers in India expect output to continue to increase over the course of the next year.

During January, higher workloads encouraged service providers to hire additional staff in January, following a stagnation in the prior month. Manufacturing jobs also rose at a marginal rate.

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