Sharpest rise in output for 11 months

Infographic showing that the Ulster Bank NI private sector enjoyed strong growth in September 2015

The Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI for September 2015 is published this morning. Here are 10 of the main points in the report:

  1. Private sector output grew for the 5th consecutive month
  2. The rate of expansion was solid, and the fastest since October 2014
  3. All four monitored sectors (i.e. manufacturing, construction, services, and retail) recorded growth of output
  4. Retail was the best performing sector
  5. Construction firms posted a first increase in activity since February
  6. Increased workloads encouraged firms to take on extra staff
  7. Backlogs of work decreased for the first time in four months, albeit marginally
  8. The rate of cost inflation among Northern Ireland companies slowed in September
  9. While higher staff costs had contributed to increased input prices, a number of respondents mentioned reductions in the prices of commodities such as fuel and steel
  10. Across the private sector as a whole, output prices fell solidly, with the rate of decline the sharpest in seven months

You can view and download the full report here.

Infographic showing that NI's manufacturing and construction sectors grew in September 2015

Infographic showing that employment grew in September

Infographic showing that which sectors were raising and lowering prices in September

About the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI:

Purchasing Managers’ Index® (or PMI®) surveys are monthly surveys of carefully selected companies which provide an advance indication of what is happening in the private sector economy by tracking variables such as output, new orders, employment and prices across both manufacturing and service sectors. The PMI surveys are based on fact, not opinion, and are the first indicators of economic conditions each month. The data are collected using identical methods in all countries and regions so that accurate comparisons may be made. Questionnaires are completed in the latter half of each month and are collected and processed by economists at Markit Economics. Respondents are asked to state whether business conditions for a number of variables have improved, deteriorated or stayed the same compared with the previous month.

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