Business Outlook Survey

  • October 8, 2010

    Business Outlook Survey - Autumn 2010

    Responses to the autumn survey suggest that the economic recovery is progressing. Firms remain positive about the outlook over the next 12 months, but they generally expect growth to be modest, owing in part to a weaker outlook for the U.S. economy.

  • July 12, 2010

    Business Outlook Survey - Summer 2010

    For the first time in two years, firms, on balance, reported an improvement in their past sales activity. While the balances of opinion on future sales growth and investment are lower than in recent surveys, and firms are concerned about global uncertainties, overall, they are positive about the outlook for business activity over the next 12 months.
  • April 12, 2010

    Business Outlook Survey - Spring 2010

    On balance, firms expect sales growth to pick up over the next 12 months, and plan to increase investment spending and employment. Their investment plans are increasingly being targeted at expansion and at improving efficiency to promote future growth.
  • January 11, 2010

    Business Outlook Survey - Winter 2009-10

    The results of the winter survey provide some evidence that confidence in the recovery is growing. While the balance of opinion on future sales is little changed, and respondents still expect the recovery to be gradual, more firms are planning to increase investment spending and employment than in the previous two surveys.

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