March 2010: the economic climate in services remains uncertainMonthly survey of services - March 2010

According to the business leaders surveyed in March, the economic situation in services remains uncertain. The synthetic indicator decreases by two points.

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No 79
Paru le : 23/03/2010
Prochaine parution le : 21/12/2017 at 08:45 - December 2017

According to the business leaders surveyed in March, the economic situation in services remains uncertain. The synthetic indicator decreases by two points.

The general outlook in services remains almost unchanged compared with February.

The business leaders surveyed consider that their activity kept increasing at the same pace during the last few months. However, they reckon that it should slow down in the next few months. They are more pessimistic about their activity in the months to come than they were in February.

Graph1 – Business climate synthetic indicator

Graph2 – Activity

Table1 – Economic outlook in the services sector

Balances of opinion, in %, seasonally adjusted
Economic outlook in the services sector
Average* Dec. 10 Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10
Business climate synthetic indicator 100 86 88 89 87
General outlook –4 –12 –11 –10 –11
Past activity 5 –11 –2 –1 –1
Expected activity 5 –3 –5 –4 –10
Past employment 3 –7 –8 –8 –7
except temporary work agencies 2 –7 –8 –11 –8
Expected employment 2 –8 –6 –7 –9
except temporary work agencies 1 –7 –5 –8 –8
Past selling prices –1 –12 –11 –11 –9
Expected selling prices 0 –8 –6 –7 –7
  • * Average of the balances of opinion since 1988
  • Source: Insee