InterTradereland’s quarterly Business Monitor survey is the largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island covering business owner’s views both Northern Ireland and Ireland from interviews conducted with more than 750 SMEs. It differs from other surveys by feeding directly from telephone interviews conducted with a robust sample of businesses across a range of sectors. It has a lengthy time series of six years and tracks all-island economic indicators such as sales, employment, business outlook and other specific topical issues on a quarterly basis.
The latest quarterly (Jan-March 2018) The latest quarterly InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Report (January-March 2018) shows that firms across the island remain very stable, however levels of growth continue to decline. This is consistent across companies both large and small. While not a cause for concern at the moment, it would appear to indicate that we are beginning to enter a critical phase of the economic cycle. In the current atmosphere, actions by policy makers and government could be of crucial importance in dictating the outlook for the next 6 months.
• Business growth at its lowest in 5 years
• Vast majority of firms (66%) are in "stability mode"
• Employment rate is high, but it appears to be at a plateau
Download the InterTradeIreland Business Monitor Infographic Q1 2018 (255 KB)
View Q1 2018 Press Release
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