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Industry Pulse

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Key Points

  • Industry Pulse down in March
  • 24% of firms to increase investment spending this year
  • Replacing and maintaining plant and equipment the main focus

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Industry Pulse

March 2019

90.9

-2.6 on previous index reading

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Production

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 35%
47%
17%

Balance +18%

(+5 on previous reading)

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Production

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 49%
45%
6%

Balance +43%

(-8 on previous reading)

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Jobs

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 14%
79%
7%

Balance +8%

(+4 on previous reading)

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Jobs

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 18%
80%
3%

Balance +15%

(-1 on previous reading)

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Input Costs Excluding Labour

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 45%
51%
4%

Balance +41%

(-2 on previous reading)

 

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Selling Prices

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 28%
69%
3%

Balance +25%

(-4 on previous reading)

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Investment Intentions

2019

Shape Created with Sketch. 24%
67%
9%

Balance +15%

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Type of Investment 2019

  • Replace Plant & Equipment 41%
  • Other 32%
  • Streamline Production 22%
  • Extension of Capacity 22%

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Brexit Impact on 2019 Investment Decisions*

  • No Impact 44%
  • Plans on Hold 47%
  • Cancelled Some/All Investment 5%
  • Expecting New Opportunities 4%
  • *Firms that Brexit is relevant for

Industry Pulse

March 2019

Impact of recent/prospective US policy changes on 2019 investment decisions*

  • No Impact 86%
  • Plans on Hold 13%
  • Cancelled Some/All Investment 0%
  • Expecting New Opportunities 1%
  • *Firms that US policy is relevant for