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Business Pulse

December 2019

The Business Pulse stood at 84.6 in December 2019, up 2.8 on last month but down 3.5 on a year ago. While the headline index rose for a third consecutive month, the picture was mixed across the sectors with the Services and Construction Pulses posting firmer readings, whereas the Industry Pulse eased back as did the Retail Pulse (the latter comes after a big jump in November). The December survey also finds that the bulk of firms do not expect to change their near-term selling prices, despite the fact that almost two in five reported a rise in non-labour input costs over the past 3 months. Going forward Brexit developments will be important, inter alia, for business investment which uncertainty has been keeping in check.

Business Pulse

December 2019

Key Points

  • Business Pulse rises in December
  • Services and Construction Pulses gain ground
  • Industry and Retail give up some

Business Pulse

December 2019

Business Pulse

December 2019

84.6

+2.8 on previous index reading

Business Pulse

December 2019

”On the business confidence front, it was a bit of a mixed bag across the sectors this month.”

Dr Loretta O’Sullivan
Group Chief Economist
Bank of Ireland

Business Pulse

December 2019

Sector Snapshot

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