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Business Tendency Survey March 2019

Apr 17, 2019


The quarterly Jersey Business Tendency Survey (BTS) provides timely, qualitative information about the Island’s economy.

Chief executives and managing directors are asked for their opinions on the current situation of their business compared to three months earlier and their expectations for the next three months.

In March 2019:

  • the headline all-sector business activity indicator was positive, at +13 percentage points (pp); this means the proportion of businesses reporting an increase was 13 pp greater than those reporting a decrease
    • the business activity indicator was strongly positive for the finance sector (+39 pp) and neutral for the non-finance sector (+1 pp)
    • the all-sector business activity indicator was essentially unchanged over the latest three months; the indicator increased by 11 pp for finance, and decreased marginally for non-finance (down 3 pp)
  • four out of the eight current indicators were positive, two were neutral and two were negative 
    • for the finance sector, seven of the eight current indicators were positive and one was negative
    • for the non-finance sector, one of the eight current indicators was positive, three were neutral and four were negative
    • the finance sector was significantly more positive than non-finance in seven of the eight current indicators, and in six of them by at least 20 pp
  • the overall picture was slightly more positive than last quarter; the only current indicator to change significantly was the product prices indicator, which increased
    • for the finance sector indicators, there were three significant increases: business activity, product prices and employment
    • for the non-finance sector indicators, there was one significant increase: the product prices indicator
  • while the profitability indicator was negative (-11 pp) overall, it was positive for the finance sector (+16 pp) and negative for the non finance sector (-23 pp)
  • half (50%) of companies reported higher input costs, producing a strongly negative indicator of  48 pp; this was more pronounced for non-finance companies (-60 pp) than finance companies (-21 pp)

Regarding the next quarter, the three months to June 2019:

  • the outlook for future business activity was strongly positive (+25 pp) overall, with the finance sector being strongly positive (+39 pp) and non-finance positive (+19 pp)
    • the future business activity indicator was significantly higher than last quarter, up 14 pp
  • the future employment outlook was slightly positive (+7 pp) overall, with the finance sector being positive (+17 pp) and non-finance neutral (+3 pp)
    • the future employment indicator was slightly higher than last quarter, up 4 pp

Business Tendency Survey Report March 2019

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