Annual Business Inquiry

Details on the conduct and results of the Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry.

Latest Reporting Unit results – published 21 November 2018.

Headline results

  • Turnover, defined as the value of total sales and work done by businesses in Northern Ireland, was estimated to be worth £66,603 million in 2017 (excluding VAT): a decrease of 1.7% compared to 2016.
  • Purchases of goods, materials, energy, water and services was estimated to be £44,302 million in 2017: an increase of 3.2% compared to 2016.
  • Approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA) was estimated to be £21,951 million in 2017. aGVA, which is a measure of the value of economic activity generated by businesses, increased by 0.6% (£126 million) over the year.
  • The key contributor to the 2017 aGVA growth was the NI non-financial services sector with an increase of 4.9% (£388 million) between 2016 and 2017.
  • The retail and wholesale trade (distribution sector) recorded aGVA growth of £102 million (2.1%) and the construction sector grew by £29 million (1.3%).
  • The only sector to record a decline in aGVA growth was the production sector, decreasing by £420 million (-6.4%) from £6.55 billion to £6.13 billion.

Current publication and tables 

NI ABI Questionnaire

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Usage, methods & quality and revisions policy

Archive data

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ABI sample coverage

Details of Annual Business Inquiry sample coverage.

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