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Survey on Industry, Services & Construction 2018Sep

Published on 10/08/2018
Business survey September 2018
Manufacturing industry, market services and construction
  • In September, industrial production was strong across the board , except in the automobile industry and the metal manufacturing.

    Deliveries and new orders gained ground.

    Business leaders expect industrial activity to continue to grow at least at the same pace in October.

Opinion on the outlook for industrial production*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
  • Service sector activity continued to grow rapidly, except in advertising and the accommodation and catering sectors, which lost ground in September.

    Staff levels rose again.

    Business leaders expect service sector activity to accelerate in October.

Opinion on the outlook for services activity*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
  • Construction sector activity grew, for both structural and finishing works.

    The level of order books was high. Staff levels were buoyant.

    In October, construction activity is expected to grow at a slower pace.

The business sentiment indicator in manufacturing industry* stood at 105 in September, after 103 in August.

The business sentiment indicator in services* stood at 103 in September, after 102 in August.

The business sentiment indicator in construction* stood at 105 in September, after 104 in August.

According to the monthly index of business activity (MIBA), GDP is expected to increase by 0.5% in the third quarter of 2018 (third estimate, revised upwards by 0.1 percentage point).

* Calculations are based on survey data, SA-WDA and smoothed over five months
Opinion on the outlook for construction activity*
Balance of opinions, SA-WDA
* A positive (negative) balance of opinions corresponds to a rise (fall) in the evolution of activity



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Published on Monday, October 8, 2018