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Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey

General Business Activity Index

April 2014

General Business Activity—Index

Apr 13
May 13
Jun 13
Jul 13
Aug 13
Sep 13
Oct 13
Nov 13
Dec 13
Jan 14
Feb 14
Mar 14
Apr 14
Current General Business Activity, seasonally adjusted
-3.9
5.4
9.4
20.9
24.6
31.9
20.8
18.8
17.9
21.0
15.7
19.9
13.5
Future General Business Activity, seasonally adjusted (six months from report period)
12.0
22.8
17.7
37.3
36.4
35.8
28.0
30.7
24.9
28.9
27.2
31.0
27.0

General Business Activity—Composition of Responses

 
Apr 13
May 13
Jun 13
Jul 13
Aug 13
Sep 13
Oct 13
Nov 13
Dec 13
Jan 14
Feb 14
Mar 14
Apr 14
Current General Business Activity, seasonally adjusted
% Improved
18.9
22.6
21.6
26.2
27.5
34.0
27.2
27.7
25.8
26.1
26.8
30.0
23.8
% No Change
58.2
60.2
66.2
68.5
69.6
63.9
66.4
63.4
66.3
68.8
62.1
59.9
65.9
% Worsened
22.8
17.2
12.2
5.3
2.9
2.1
6.4
8.9
7.9
5.1
11.1
10.1
10.3
 
Apr 13
May 13
Jun 13
Jul 13
Aug 13
Sep 13
Oct 13
Nov 13
Dec 13
Jan 14
Feb 14
Mar 14
Apr 14
Future General Business Activity, seasonally adjusted (six months from report period)
% Improved
28.9
36.0
24.7
44.1
40.1
37.7
33.5
40.1
32.2
36.7
33.3
36.2
33.4
% No Change
54.2
50.8
68.3
49.1
56.1
60.4
61.0
50.5
60.5
55.5
60.6
58.6
60.2
% Worsened
16.9
13.2
7.0
6.8
3.7
1.9
5.5
9.4
7.3
7.8
6.1
5.2
6.4

NOTE: Survey responses are used to calculate an index for each indicator. Each index is calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents reporting a decrease from the percentage reporting an increase. When the share of firms reporting an increase exceeds the share of firms reporting a decrease, the index will be greater than zero, suggesting the indicator has increased over the prior month. If the share of firms reporting a decrease exceeds the share reporting an increase, the index will be below zero, suggesting the indicator has decreased over the prior month. An index will be zero when the number of firms reporting an increase is equal to the number of firms reporting a decrease. Items may not add up to 100 percent because of rounding.

Questions regarding the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey can be addressed to Amy Jordan at amy.jordan@dal.frb.org.

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