Index of Services

The quarterly NI IOS Statistics Bulletin presents the latest seasonally adjusted estimates from the NI Index of Services.

Latest Results (Quarter 3 2018) - Published 13th December 2018

Headline Results

  • Services output in Northern Ireland (NI), in real terms, decreased in Quarter 3 (July – September) by 0.6% and increased over the year by 1.4%. This is the first quarterly decrease in the services index since Quarter 2 (April – June) 2017 and is 3.8% lower than the highest point (Quarter 4 2006) since the series began.
  • The UK IOS reported growth in output over both the quarter and year, by 0.4% and 1.7% respectively.
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters, both the NI and UK services sectors showed annualised growth of 1.5%.
  • The quarterly decrease in NI services output has been driven by decreases in the Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service (0.8%); Transport, storage, information and communications (1.7%); and Other services (0.1%) sectors.
  • Similarly, the annual increase in NI services output has been driven by increases in the Transport, storage, information and communications (8.6%); Business services and finance (2.1%); and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service (0.3%) sectors.

Current publication and tables 

Index of Services Q3 2018 statistical bulletin and data tables

Historical bulletins

Index of Services - historical statistical bulletins

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