Index of Services

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

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Latest Results (Quarter 2 2020) - Published 17th September 2020

Headline Results

  • Services output in NI saw a quarterly decrease of 17.7% in Quarter 2 2020, and a decrease of 23.5% over the year.
  • UK IOS output also experienced similar decreases over both the quarter (19.9%) and the year (21.2%).
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters the NI services sectors decreased by 7.1% whilst the UK services sector decreased by 4.9%.  
  • NI services output is 24.3% lower than the highest point (Quarter 3 2019) in the past ten years, and is 24.5% lower than the highest point (Quarter 4 2006) since the series began.
  • The quarterly decrease to Quarter 2 2020 is the largest quarterly change in the history of the NI IOS (since Quarter 1 2005). The NI index is at its lowest point since the series began (Quarter 1 2005).
  • This release captures the direct effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and measures taken to reduce transmission of the virus. The most significant was the introduction of restrictions in movement, which began on 23 March 2020. Quarter 2 2020 is the first quarter that has been affected from start to finish.

Current publication and tables 

Index of Services Q2 2020 statistical bulletin and data tables

Historical bulletins

Index of Services - historical statistical bulletins

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