NI Composite Economic Index

The NICEI is an experimental quarterly measure of the performance of the NI economy based on available official statistics.

Headline results

Latest results - published 19th July 2018:

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity was estimated to have decreased by 0.3% in real terms from Quarter 4 (October – December) 2017 to Quarter 1 (January – March) 2018.  The index decreased by 1.0% over the year to Quarter 1 2018.
  • Over the last two years annual output (averaged over the four quarters to Quarter 1 2018 compared to the previous four quarters) remained flat (at 0.0%). Although the measures are not produced on a fully equivalent basis, comparisons with the UK over the same period show that the NICEI grew at a slower rate (0.0%) than UK GDP[1] (1.5%). In the UK quarterly growth (0.2%) was also higher than that recorded for NI (-0.3%). 
  • The NI private sector index was estimated to have decreased by 0.3% over the quarter and by 1.2% over the year to Quarter 1 2018.
  • The Public sector jobs index decreased by 0.3% over the quarter and by 0.1% over the year to Quarter 1 2018.

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Composite Economic Index

David Leonard
Tel: 028 9052 9385
Email: David.Leonard@nisra.gov.uk
Twitter: @ELMSNISRA