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 2019) - Published 19th December 2019

Headline Results

  • Services output in NI decreased in Quarter 3 by 0.1% but increased by 0.6% over the year. NI services output is 0.1% lower than the highest point (Quarter 4 2018) over the past ten years, and is 1.6% lower than the highest point (Quarter 4 2006) since the series began. Services output in NI has recovered 11.8% since the lowest point (Quarter 2 2013) since the series began.
  • The UK IOS reported growth in output over both the quarter (0.4%) and the year (1.4%).
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters, the NI and UK services sectors showed annualised growth (1.0% and 2.0% respectively).  
  • The quarterly decrease in NI services output has been driven by decreases in the Business services and finance (0.6%), Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service (0.3%) and Transport, storage, information and communications (0.2%) sectors. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in the Other services (3.3%) sector.
  • The annual increase in NI services output has been driven by increases in the Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service (1.5%) and the Other services (2.4%) sectors. Both and the Transport, storage, information and communications (4.6%) and Business services and finance (0.1%) sectors saw decreases.

Current publication and tables 

Index of Services Q3 2019 statistical bulletin and data tables

Historical bulletins

Index of Services - historical statistical bulletins

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