|Evolution with respect to previous quarter||Forecast for the next quarter|
|Rest of services||12.5||6.7|
|Level of prices||-2.0||8.3|
|Rest of services||-1.1||12.2|
|Number of employees||0.5||-0.3|
|Rest of services||3.8||3.1|
|Units: Balance of answers (difference between the percentages of positive and negative responses).|
|Source: Idescat and Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona.|
|Note: The first column of the balance in the "Business situation" is referred to the situation in the current quarter.|
The Business Climate Survey is produced jointly by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping(Chamber of Barcelona) and Idescat by virtue of a collaboration agreementsigned in 2008. It integrates five surveys addressing different activity sectors: industry, construction, trade, hotels and othercompany services.
The Business Climate Survey collects the opinions of company representatives, with activities in Cataloniaregarding the evolution and expectations for the reference quarter for a set of variables relating to the economic development of their company
The main objective of the Business Climate Survey is to provide a rapid way of ascertaining the status and evolution ofcompanies operating in Catalonia and, on the basis of that information, anticipate possible changing trends in the economic cycle.
The population of reference is all companies in Catalonia that are involved in any of the activitiescovered by the study, regardless of where their main offices are based. The survey covers the whole of Catalonia.
The survey is quarterly. At the end of each quarter, information is requested in reference to theevolution of the business with respect to the immediately preceding quarter, and the entrepreneur’sexpectations for the following quarter.
The information is presented disaggregated by activity sectors. For industry, trade and other company services, the results are offered for 7, 6 and5 activity branches respectively.
The information contained in the Business Climate Survey also allows calculation of the harmonized business confidence index, an operation jointly carried out by the INE and Idescat by means of a partnership agreement. This agreement permits the use and integration of the complementary samples of the two operations and comparability with the indicators of the State and other autonomous communities.
|Food, beverages and tobacco||10–12|
|Textiles, dressmaking, leatherwork and footwear||13–15|
|Wood and cork, Paper, publishing and graphic arts||16–18|
|Chemical industry, other non-metallic mineral products||20–23|
|Metallurgy and metal products||24, 25|
|Mechanical machinery and equipment, electric, electronic, computer and optic equipment||26–28|
|Other industries||Section B, D i E and Divisions 19, 29 and 33|
|Food, beverages and tobacco in specialized establishments||472|
|Household items and furniture in specialized establishments||475–476|
|Trade in unspecialized establishments||471|
|Other types of trade in specialized establishments||473–474, 477–479|
|Vehicles and accessories||45|
|Informations and communications||Section J|
|Legal, accounting and company management activities||69–71|
|R&D, market research and specialist services||72–75|
|Administrative activities||Section N|
|Other services||Sections H, K, L, R (divisions 92 and 93) and S (div. 96)|
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