Index of Services

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

Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. See the COVID-19 and the production of statistics page for more information.

Latest Results (Quarter 3 2020) - Published 17th December 2020

Headline Results

  • Services output in NI saw a quarterly increase of 22.5% in Quarter 3 2020, and a decrease of 3.9% over the year. This follows respective decreases of 18.0% and 22.8% over the quarter and the year to Quarter 2 2020.
  • UK IOS output experienced a smaller increase over the quarter (14.2%), with a larger decrease over the year (10.0%). This follows decreases of 19.3% and 20.8% respectively over both the quarter and the year to Quarter 2 2020.
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters the NI services sector decreased by 8.3% whilst the UK services sector decreased by 7.8%.
  • NI services output is 5.4% lower than the highest point (Quarter 2 2019) in the past ten years, and is 7.0% lower than the highest point (Quarter 4 2006) since the series began.
  • The quarterly change to Quarter 3 2020 is the largest quarterly change in the history of the NI IOS. This follows a decrease of 18.0% in Quarter 2 2020, which at the time had been the largest change seen in the NI IOS. Quarter 2 2020 was the lowest point in the NI IOS since the series began.
  • The annual decrease to Quarter 3 2020 (3.9%) was the fourth successive annual decrease in the NI series. This followed seven successive quarters of annual growth in the NI index between Quarter 1 2018 and Quarter 3 2019.

Current publication and tables 

Index of Services Q3 2020 statistical bulletin and data tables

Historical bulletins

Index of Services - historical statistical bulletins

Mailing list

If you would like to be added to a mailing list and receive the latest publications on the day they publish please email: economicstats@nisra.gov.uk with the title of the publications you would like to receive.

Related statistics

IOS quality and revisions

Details of quality and revisions for the Index of Services.

Read more

IOS supplementary information

Supplementary information for the Index of Services.

Read more