Index of Services

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

Latest Results (Quarter 2 2018) - Published 13th September 2018

Headline Results

  • Services output in Northern Ireland (NI), in real terms, increased over the quarter by 1.3% and over the year by 3.4%. The services index has seen growth over each of the previous four quarters and is now at the highest point since Quarter 2 (April – June) 2008 and is 2.8% lower than the highest point since the series began (Q4 2006).
  • The UK IOS reported growth in output over both the quarter and year, by 0.5% and 1.5% respectively.
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters, the NI services sectors showed annualised growth of 1.9% to Quarter 2 2018, whilst the UK services sector showed slightly lower annualised growth of 1.5%.
  • The NI IOS has recovered by 11.1% since the recent minimum value recorded in Quarter 2 (April - June) 2012. UK output has recovered by 14.2% over the same time period.
  • The quarterly increase in NI services output has been largely driven by increases in the Transport, storage, information and communications (5.7%), Other services (1.6%) and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service sectors (0.3%).
  • Similarly, the annual increase in NI services output has been driven by increases in the Transport, storage, information and communications (11.9%) and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service sectors (2.7%).

Current publication and tables 

Index of Services Q2 2018 statistical bulletin and data tables

Historical bulletins

Index of Services - historical statistical bulletins

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