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Retail Pulse

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Key Points

  • Retail Pulse down in March
  • 26% of firms to increase investment spending this year
  • Replacing and maintaining plant and equipment the main focus

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Retail Pulse

March 2019

79.6

-1.7 on previous index reading

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Sales

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 25%
47%
28%

Balance -3%

(-12 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Sales

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 41%
45%
13%

Balance +28%

(+4 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Jobs

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 9%
84%
6%

Balance +3%

(-2 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Jobs

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 9%
88%
3%

Balance +6%

(+2 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Input Costs Excluding Labour

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 37%
60%
4%

Balance +33%

(0 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Selling Prices

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 26%
72%
2%

Balance +25%

(-2 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Investment Intentions

2019

Shape Created with Sketch. 26%
63%
11%

Balance +16%

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Type of Investment 2019

  • Replacement & Maintenance 43%
  • ICT 26%
  • Other 24%
  • New Premises & Equipment 19%

Retail Pulse

March 2019

Brexit Impact on 2019 Investment Decisions*

  • No Impact 17%
  • Plans on Hold 72%
  • Cancelled Some/All Investment 7%
  • Expecting New Opportunities 2%
  • *Firms that Brexit is relevant for