Download Business

Business Pulse

Business Pulse

September 2021

The Business Pulse came in at 90.1 in September 2021, down 0.7 on last month but up 21.8 on a year ago. Sentiment was mixed across the sectors, with the Industry and Retail Pulses easing, the Services Pulse more or less flat on the month and the Construction Pulse up a touch. All four indices remained above their pre-pandemic level though. On the costs front, two thirds of firms reported an increase in input costs excluding labour over the past three months, while almost half indicated that they expect to raise their selling prices in the period ahead. As for infrastructure, housing re-emerged as the priority area for investment in September’s survey of businesses, ousting telecommunications from the top spot.

Business Pulse

September 2021

Key Points

  • Business Pulse softer in September
  • Upward pressure on costs and prices
  • Infrastructure also on firms’ radar

Business Pulse

September 2021

Business Pulse

September 2021

90.1

-0.7 on previous index reading

Business Pulse

September 2021

”Infrastructure investment is needed to strengthen local economies and the business environment.”

Dr Loretta O’Sullivan
Group Chief Economist
Bank of Ireland

Business Pulse

September 2021

Sector Snapshot

boi063a_pdf_images_03a_table